Bald Eagles at home

I’m biased. I love Bald Eagles. There are those who will say they are just lazy eaters of carrion, glorified vultures as it were. I think they’re awesome. The white head and tail are brilliant against the brown back and wings. And lazy? I once saw a male Bald Eagle spot an anchovy floating half a mile away on the Pacific Ocean. In one long swoop, without a single wing beat, he dropped from his cliff perch, glided low over the water, and clutched that anchovy with a massive craggy foot. It was an in-your-face demo of grace and power, a display of total confidence. When I saw that I jumped up whooping and hollering.

When was the last time you got to observe Bald Eagles at the nest? If you’re not a biologist, the answer might be “never.” Unless you have friends in the right places. Early this year Bob Christensen, president of the group Friends of Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge, asked Canopy Watch to install nest cameras at Deer Flat. He had two nests that were out of sight and whose annual fates were a mystery. Happy to oblige, Bob. Who would have guessed that simple trail cameras would take such great photos! I won’t kill the buzz of these great pics with a lot of talk. Enjoy.

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What an incredible image! One eagle, probably the male, delivering nest material in his talons.
What an incredible image! One eagle, probably the male, delivering nest material in his talons.
Can you believe this?!  One eagle perched, one flying, and three eggs in the nest.  Incredible view of eagles at home.
Can you believe this?! One eagle perched, one flying, and three eggs in the nest. Incredible view of eagles at home.

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The eggs never hatched. By 19 May there was only one left in the nest.

All photos © Friends of Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge, and USFWS.

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