Mostly Eagles

I did not find much on my morning rounds. Spending an hour or so watching a Peregrine Falcon perched high on an electric tower. It’s position one it usually hunts from. My hopes of getting a passing shot or one of it chasing prey did not develop. Instead an American Kestrel started dive bombing the Peregrine. The larger falcon ducking and flapping too stay on its perch. Finally the kestrel was getting too close and off the peregrine went down river. This happens often that I get to observe such cool natural happenings too far away to capture with my equipment. Still fun to watch the bird world I always think.

Earlier as I waited to watch the sunrise from the top of Kentucky Dam. Two crows chased an eagle along the dam face the eagle dipping and rising to keep from getting hit. The light too poor to tell if the eagle was an adult or juvenile.

Spent a half hour around the Sheriff’s Ranch eagle’s nest watching the small birds. Still no activity at the eagles nest. I still have hopes they will use the nest again this year. This would make eight years at that nest if they do.

At Sledd Creek a bay off Kentucky Lake were I watched and eagle catch a fish the day prior no eagles were spotted. Watched bluebirds, red winged blackbirds, and yellow rumped warblers fly to the edge of the water for a drink. Most to far away to photograph. American Tree Swallows were feeding on insects on the lakes edge. Caught one as it passed. Many times the birds zipping up over the parking lot almost hitting me.

Spent the afternoon again at Duncan Lake waiting for eagles. One juvenile and one adult came to the stumps. It has been a poor year for catching a number of eagles interacting there. Really only one good day. The forecast for today has the temperature dropping rapidly with rain moving in. A nasty day to come the weatherman said. Will try and get out before the foul weather arrives. Its Friday. Have a great weekend……

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4 Responses to Mostly Eagles

  1. Mary S. says:

    Grampy, Seems to me you have many, many times far surpassed your goal of 12 quality photos a day! I think it’s almost double a lot of times. (You mentioned this a day or so ago, I think.)
    I was wondering about how many offspring the pair of eagles have had so far from the nest you follow. If they’ve been there for 8 years, have had 3 eggs develop and at least fledge each year that would be about 24 offspring in the time you’ve followed them. I guess they would need “extras” (in the egg dept.) as I read not too many eagles in the wild live to maturity. From that I’d guess this pair of eagles is very special.
    Your picture chronicle of these eagles could be a book in itself, a beautiful book of pictures! MCS

    • Jim says:

      Mary S,
      It still can be tough to still one days to catch that dozen. But I do expect to get a lot more than that now.
      The eagles have nested at that spot for seven years. I think they have raised 16 eaglets. One year all three were electrocuted. Last year two were taken and released elsewhere. Sure hope they use the nest again this year. Have not observed them working on it at all. The nest has really deteriorated over the winter. It looks about a third the size it was last spring.

  2. I like the bluebird, and the eagle touchdown. There are so many details you see with a camera than you can without one.
    Great shot of the deer!

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