My Last Day With the Eagles
This morning I drove up to Big Beef Creek for my final session with the eagles. On the way I stopped in Silverdale at the Bank of America branch to deposit the check from closing out my Citizens checking account, thus cutting my final tie to the state of New Hampshire, home for more than 30 years.
As always, click on any image for a larger, sharper version.
As usual, the great blue herons were the first to arrive on scene.
Then the bald eagles, first one,
then many. At one point today, I counted 14 eagles perched in this one tree over the beach.
A bald eagle coming in for, and then sticking a landing in the oyster beds.
This juvenile eagle was heading for the trees to enjoy his seaweed wrapped lunch until one of the adults attempts a midair heist.
A low flying eagle, for a very large bird their in air dexterity is pretty amazing to witness.
They hit some pretty amazing speeds when they see something and suddenly dive towards a fish, a heron, or another eagle.
This guy is doing his midair check of how visible his catch will be to other eagles before he makes the run to the trees to eat.
Sorry, I don’t know why this is in an entry on eagles, but the red hair distracted me, kind of got the camera’s attention. Back to the eagles now.
At times these guys are all hanging around on the oyster beds, often shoulder to shoulder,
and then something to eat comes along and it suddenly just isn’t quite so buddy, buddy.
Wonderful weather continues on, but the harsh noon day light coinciding with the low tides once again made photography difficult.
I ended up spending about 3 hours on the beach, then said my good byes to my new found friends and headed back to Belfair State Park. All in all, an amazing time at this great spot, probably the best place in the lower 48 for bald eagles. I really hate to leave, and the friendly folks I have met here are a large part of the reason why. Thanks everybody!
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