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Juvenile Bald Eagle

I spotted this juvenile Bald Eagle circling the rice field pond a couple of times,  then he put his feet down. I thought I was going to capture a landing.

Juvenile Bald Eagle
Juvenile Bald Eagle Coming in for Landing

He changed his mind! A pair of adult Eagles use this area daily, and generally the juveniles are not welcome to share. I waited and watched thinking maybe one of them was approaching. If so, I did not spot it.

Juvenile Bald Eagle
Juvenile Bald Eagle

Junior circled the pond one more time then landed in a pine tree further down the edge of the pond. If I hadn’t seen him land I wouldn’t have known he was there. He stayed put for longer than I stood waiting for him to make another move.

Juvenile Bald Eagle
Juvenile Bald Eagle

Eagle Fishing in Pond

The Bald Eagles were active November 17 at Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, partly due to a fish die off. I previously shared a series of an Eagle Fishing in the Canal from that morning. These single shots were taken in the same area.

Bald Eagle Fishing
Bald Eagle Fishing, Great Egret in Foreground

The Eagles ignored the Alligators and the Vultures ignored the Eagles.

Bald Eagle Fishing
Bald Eagle Fishing, Turkey Vulture on the dike

Great Egrets mostly ignored the Eagles, too, feeling no threat on this day. A large group of Ibis left in a panic during one of the Eagle fly overs.

Bald Eagle Fishing
Bald Eagle Fishing

Eagle Fishing in Canal

The rice field impoundments and canals were busy last Saturday morning including a Bald Eagle that was scooping up fish. There had been a die-off over night, likely due to a sudden temperature drop to near freezing.

Bald Eagle Fishing in Rice Field Canal
Bald Eagle Fishing in Rice Field Canal

The Great Egrets went about their business without any fuss.

Bald Eagle Fishing in Rice Field Canal
Bald Eagle Fishing in Rice Field Canal

I was quite a distance from the action but it was cool to see a few Eagles swooping over the Great Egrets and Alligators.

Bald Eagle Fishing in Rice Field Canal
Bald Eagle Fishing in Rice Field Canal

Bald Eagle Majesty

Sunday morning we saw at least seven Bald Eagles between two wildlife management areas we visited. I’m always in awe when I see one; their size and regal bearing when they sit is impressive and their flight skills are extraordinary.

This first one was likely watching the sunrise with us. We were hoping he was going to fish for breakfast in the pond in front of us, but after a half hour of waiting we moved on with him still sitting right there.

Bald Eagle in Pine Tree
Bald Eagle in Pine Tree

This utility pole sits at one end of the Bennets Point Road bridge over the Ashepoo River. From this vantage point the Eagle can see a vast area of river and marshland stretching at least a mile (1.6 KM) east and west.

Bald Eagle on Utility Post
Bald Eagle on Utility Post