Category Archives: Raptor

Eagle: Fish for Dinner

In a new flight pattern this fall and winter, I’ve seen Bald Eagles flying over the pond with the Great Blue Heron rookery. A couple of weeks ago I saw one go by and about four minutes later one came back with a fish in his claws.

Bald Eagle Flying With Fish
Bald Eagle Flying With Fish

I can’t say for certain its the same bird but given their territorial nature it is likely, making that a pretty efficient dinner run.

Bald Eagle Flying With Fish
Bald Eagle Flying With Fish

Black Vultures In Pines

I love to watch Black Vultures, at least from afar. They aren’t that attractive but are skillful flyers and do a fabulous job keeping dead stuff cleaned up. I was happy to spot this pair perched high in a pine tree.

Black Vultures in Pine Trees
Black Vultures in Pine Trees

It turns out as I looked around and heard the distinctive flap-flap-flap of Vultures taking off that there were dozens of them, sitting in and flying around a stand of pine trees.

Black Vultures in Pine Trees
Black Vultures in Pine Trees

The cloudy sky wasn’t a great asset to these images, but you can see how the birds arranged themselves.

Black Vultures in PinBlack Vultures in Pine Treese Trees
Black Vultures in Pine Trees

This last image conveys the massive size of the trees and some of the soaring that was going on.

Black Vultures in Pine Trees
Black Vultures in Pine Trees

October 20, 2020

Eagles Have Returned

After only a few sightings over the summer, I’ve seen quite a few Bald Eagles in the last few weeks. This pair was watching a pond below them.

Bald Eagle Pair in Tree
Bald Eagle Pair in Tree

My walking route took me past a nest I know EaglesĀ  used last mating season and I wondered if I could even see it. The last time I passed by here the foliage on the lower trees was too thick to get a clear view. Since then a few leaves have dropped, vines have drooped and fortuitously the late afternoon was shining through a gap in the trees, spotlighting the nest.

Eagle's Nest, Resting
Eagle’s Nest, Resting

You can visit my post It’s Twins, Eagles That Is! for some views of the nest in use last winter.