A Couple of Eagles

Bald Eagles - 4 yr and 2 yr
Bald Eagles – 4 yr and 2 yr

On a rainy March day at BK Leach CA Sarah and I came across a couple of young Bald Eagles hanging out.  The bird on the left is a 4-year old and his partner is likely a 2nd year bird.

Have a nice weekend.
-OZB

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Tis the Season for Eagles

During the past week were were fortunate enough to have sub-freezing temperatures across the region, signifying the beginning of one of my favorite parts of the season – the congregation of much of the mid-western population of Bald Eagles at the lock and dams along the Mississippi River.  Although we will still need to wait a couple or few more weeks for the large numbers, hoping for the cold in order to freeze the river completely, I was still able to make a few photos of fishing birds at Clarksville’s Lock and Dam #24 yesterday.  The image below, showing what I believe to be a late-second year bird just before impact, is an early favorite.

On the Hunt...
On the Hunt…

The next image is a head-shot of an adult bird from a nice walk-through of the World Bird Sanctuary that Sarah and I took over the holiday break.

Bald Eagle Portrait
Bald Eagle Portrait

 

Bald Eagle Nest – Week Two

At week two the chicks were much more mobile, able to hold their heads up for more than a couple seconds at a time.  Mom always gives them a thorough look over when arriving at the nest.

Week Two
Week Two

Here one adult vocalizes on the nest while its mate circles the river valley treetops.

Week Two
Week Two

Below is one of the melting looks that the chicks give when the adults are at the nest.  This is my favorite type of photo to capture in the nest.

Week Two
Week Two

The only visit where I observed both parents at the nest simultaneously was during my week two visit.

Week Two
Week Two

Finally, even at this early age, the chicks exercise their future flight muscles.

Week Two
Week Two

Clarksville Lock and Dam #24

We finally seem to be primed for an excellent winter for viewing and photographing eagles at the Clarksville Dam.  Steve and I visited for a couple of hours during a birding trip up Hwy 79, where surprisingly we were fortunate to find a little bit of nice light.  Here are a few I think are worthy to share.  I’m looking forward to paying another visit after a week or two in the deep freeze with hopes the ice will bring more birds and closer opportunities.  Come on winter!

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