A Memorable Day To Hold Us Over

Wow, what a memorable day. Grab that special beverage and share in my day.  I plan on taking a few days off for Christmas. So I put in nearly a full day. A short break for brunch had me anxious to get back at it. I knew this was one of those exceptional days. Payback for the days when the wildlife seems to have disappeared. This day I was in sync. My positioning good enough to see some incredible stuff. Things I have not seen before.

After lunch I saw an eagle coming across the river headed to the other side. I looked to see a Great Blue Heron flying out of the water with a fish. Then the unexpected happened. The eagle gave chase and grabbed the heron by the leg turning it upside down to make it drop the fish. Then releasing the I imagine terrified heron. Don’t ya know the fish sank and the eagle could not find it. I saw another eagle land on the water to catch a sinking fish. A new one for me. The fish was small but the eagle must have been determined.

The eagles were very active all day. Sure there were times when they sat almost unnoticed in the trees way back off the river. But whenever a heron or gull looked like it was struggling to pick a fish off the water an eagle zoomed in. At other times the eagle just circled lazily up high. I saw one adult eagle act as if it was taunting a juvenile with a fish to give chase. The juvenile finally did an made one of those airborne grabs to try to steal the fish from the adult. Perhaps an adult teaching a young one how to steal a meal? So much to see, so much to learn about. Here is wishing my Christmas gift is that one day my children and grand children will have the chance to view and appreciate the wonders of nature. Have a great Christmas. Till next time…

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8 Responses to A Memorable Day To Hold Us Over

  1. Roxanne Sheckells says:

    What a day! You are blessed to live where you do! Merry Christmas to you and
    Alice!

    • Grampy says:

      Roxanne Sheckells,
      Yes it was a fine day. I must agree for a nature lover it is a great place to live. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  2. Mary S. says:

    Grampy, Merry Christmas to you and your family; enjoy your time off.
    I must say your “series” of pix are spectacular! I’m amazed that you could catch that intricate action among the heron and eagle and then the eagle teaching the young one the more difficult aspects of surviving on one’s own. It’s amazing that the eagles after some years will spend time making sure their young can survive well; there’s even a bit of maybe just some “fun” in there too.
    Hope you and yours really have a good Christmas and New Year. MCS

    • Grampy says:

      Mary S,
      Thank You, the eagle interaction is fascinating to watch and wonder at what is happening. May the holidays bring you peace and joy.

  3. You sure got some amazing shots!
    I wonder if that heron’s leg was hurt by the eagle.
    I also wonder how an eagle can pull itself off the water when it lands like that.
    Have a Merry Christmas with the kids!

    • Grampy says:

      New Hampshire Gardener,
      It was an amazing day when I stop and think about it. I could not see where the heron went. Makes me wonder about some I see now and then with a bad leg. What incident happened to cause it. Although most of the time it is a result of old fishing line. The eagle seemed to have no trouble at all coming out of the water, they may naturally float better than we do. Thank You, best to you and your family throughout the holiday season.

  4. Mary Anne Nelson says:

    Merry Christmas & Thank you Grampy!……from all of us at the Treehouse Eagle Viewers page.

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