Monday, March 09, 2009

More Eagles

Well, after finding a new bald eagle nest yesterday, I thought I'd stop by my local nest this afternoon and see what I could see. As I was pulling up, I saw one of the adults in his usual perch on a dead tree near his nest. You've seen this same shot any number of times now, going all the way back to my first sighting of these eagles back in 2005. Off to the left of this, I saw the other adult raising a commotion in another tree, but by the time I got the camera out and the long lens on it, that bird was nowhere to be seen. I hopped out of the car and started walking around when something caught my attention.

Soaring behind the trees was a big dark bird. My first thought was that it was a vulture, they seem to be all over the place around here lately. But something didn't seem right about it, so I snapped a quick shot and tried to get out from behind the trees, but I didn't see him again. Well, at least not in the air.

Sure enough, after scanning the tree line for a while, I spotted what I think is the same bird. It's a juvenile bald eagle, probably not long out of the nest. I waited almost half an hour hoping he'd take flight, but he was content to sit on his limb and wait me out.

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Come On Ride The Train

Did I mention the steam locomotive I saw this weekend? I don't think I did. Gonna be riding this thing in a couple of weeks, so I don't want to get too far into it. But you can always go here for more info.

Another Eagle!

So, I'm cruising down the road today with the top down, doing about 60, when I see this bald eagle. He's sitting on top of a cell phone tower, just watching the world go by. I rapidly decelerate and pull over to shoot some pictures. I think he may actually be nesting on the cell tower, which I think is a little atypical. They don't normally nest on artificial structures. And given the size to which their nests can grow, it's going to be a problem for the people who operate the tower. Anyhow, I was quite happy to find another eagle nest.