Friday, April 16, 2021

The Eagle in the Sky

 

YouTube, about 3 min. long from"1776" movie, which is
excellent. 

Viewing bald eagles from ground level, we can see how impressive they are from that perspective.  But, to see more and closer?  




During bitter winters, eagles migrate down to a stretch of river from Iowa down to Alton, Illinois. We could watch hundreds of eagles on the ice and trees from our Illinois side of the river. It is impressive.



One November, we watched these magnificent creatures soar over the River while we followed their flight from inside a restaurant. The temperature outside had been about 30 degrees when we went inside; it was 10 deg. when we left an hour or two later.

Birds are fascinating creatures.  One cannot see and watch a bird fly without realizing how amazing they are. One blogger who writes about this is David Gascoigne, and his photos are exquisite. He has an eye for somehow capturing their beauty.

Look up to the sky! Focus on the stars, clouds, and birds. You might see an eagle sometime.

Female eagles are larger than the male. Females measure 3 feet from tip to tail; wingspan is around 7 feet (90 in.); and, weight is 10 to 14 pounds. 

35 comments:

  1. wow, awesome, that nest is HUGE, things we can never see in the wild

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    1. The largest nest was 9.5 ft. wide, 20 ft. deep, weighed 2 tons (4.400 lbs.) Several generations of eagles made that monster.

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  2. WOW this is a first. Glad you did this. WE have been fans of eagles for years. Attracted to them from Florida to Alaska. Now thanks to you, it is MORE REAL We both are in awe of the huge nest.
    We knew Ben wanted the Turkey, at times I wonder how it would have been displayed, most likely as a BIG TOM with that tail sprayed. LOL
    Good one. Again, THANKS (Hope you are doing great!)
    Sherry & jack (smiling)

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  3. I've only seen a wild bald eagle flying in the sky once. What an impressive sight! I will always remember it.

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  4. We often see bald eagles here. They are such magnificent birds.

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    1. I didn't see one until I was an adult here in California. Dad told me that eagles are scavengers, trying to get to pig corpses.

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  5. I have only once seen an eagle here and it was a young golden eagle. The ravens rule the roost on my land, I seldom see even a hawk here. I have to look up the 1776 film, I'm studing that time in our history. I think all immigrants should, sooner or, like me, a bit later.

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  6. Hey Susan, I'm loving this post as I've been monitoring Bald Eagles' nests here in CT for 9 yrs! It has become my passion. I also received a copy of that giant nest via email...insane!!...jp

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    1. Isn't it though!! Look at these numbers of eagle nests: St Petersburg, Florida, USA and measured 2.9 m (9 ft 6 in) wide and 6 m (20 ft) deep. It was examined in 1963 and was estimated to weigh more than two tonnes (4,409 lb).

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  7. They are incredible aren't they? Many of the photos on David's site are taken by his talented wife Miriam. They make a fine pair.

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  8. There are a few nests we can see from the highway when we travel to NOLA. We always look for the nesting pairs to come back, and search eagerly for those little heads to start popping up, begging for food.

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  9. I love eagles but rarely see any here. We have the Wedge-tailed Eagle, but I don't know which area they live in. We also have Little Eagles, white bellied Sea-Eagles and a fairly large variety of Ospreys and Hawks.

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  10. The only time I've seen a bald eagle was in our zoo. I felt bad because it was alone and in a cage. NO WAY to treat our national bird. This was an amazing post about amazing birds.

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    1. Eagles and other birds of prey need to fly, not be caged.

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  11. They really are magnificent. I saw one with a wing that couldn't be repaired being taken care of in a zoo. I also saw one from far away on a tour bus once. I have never seen one in flight. I imagine it is memorable. Headed over to Travels With Birds to check out his pics!

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    1. We live near San Diego and have gone to the zoo many times. Seeing an eagle unable to fly anymore is heartbreaking.

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  12. Totally amazing birds! The nest is very impressive, never knew it was that big.

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  13. The news stations like to get their eagle shots from around Grafton and Clarksville.

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    1. We live up the Illinois River in Pike County. A photographer there has gotten some great shots.

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  14. that makes total sense. Illinois and Mississippi Rivers have almost taken Grafton on the map, and Clarksville was floating during rainy season.

    Thanks for stopping by.

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  15. Amazing to me that the nest is that big. Of course, it is a big bird...

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  16. That nest is so big!

    Yes David has such lovely photographs on his blog.

    All the best Jan

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