“Eagle!” my content advisor (as he likes to go by) calls out. I look out the window in time to see the adult eagle swoop down to the river. Fumbling with my camera, I watch it land briefly on the rocks, pick something out of the river and continue flying upriver.
Keeping my eye on him I get my lens cap off, turn on the camera and get out the door onto our deck overlooking the Alsea River near the Oregon Coast. He landed! The “eagle has landed”; to borrow a phrase from my childhood.
I hear another eagle chirp every minute or so; like a juvenile keeping in close contact with a parent who has food. And, sure enough…here comes the kid with a hollow leg.
Then another adult flew in to greet the two!
It happened too quick to get a photo of all 3 eagles together. The camera doesn’t always win when I have to make a split-second choice between watching wildlife and photographing it. The two adults flew off together and the young one stayed on the rock. I couldn’t tell if the parent finished eating or left something for Junior.
Bald Eagles get their adult plumage in about 5 years. This one looks like it is beginning to get its white head feathers.
The otter family can be quiet when they want to. This family has 4 kits. The fourth is up in the grass outside the picture frame.
They were swimming downriver when the one in the video below saw a mudcat (sculpin) that it decided to have for lunch. I was surprised at how long he kept after that fish until he caught it. Based on the otter’s moves, that sculpin was pretty experienced at evading danger!
It really is useless to keep the solar lights out over the winter in Oregon. Or maybe it’s just that we live in a valley where the sun rises in the south and sets in the south and there are mountains to our south!? I know the days are getting longer when the solar lights come out of their winter hiding place and line up to soak up the sun. Only the darkness will reveal which ones are worth keeping.
I love how the sun can spotlight a tree!
We are really lacking rain here in the northwest though. It makes me worry about what summer will be like. Hopefully we’ll get enough spring rain to fill up the aquifers.
The steelhead and smolts are in the river and therefore the ducks are plentiful. We even saw an eagle take a swipe at some ducks.
And more hummers are coming to the feeder.
Don’t forget to turn your clocks ahead an hour to take full advantage of the vitamin D opportunities! Daylight Savings Time starts Sunday morning – don’t be late for church!
Diving ducks play peek-a-boo – or maybe they’re just feeding? Regardless, one second they are there and the next they are gone.
But they are interesting to watch – how long they can stay under, how far they swim before coming back to the surface, do they have anything in their mouth when they surface, how they interact with other birds and animals nearby, etc
When the sun is right you can see a green tint to the male merganser’s head. His red bill makes him a little Christmasy. 🙂
Great Blue Heron are born with permanent hip boots. How would it be to walk without feeling your legs or feet? I wonder if they feel but just don’t feel temperature? I’ll have to learn Heron so I can ask one.
They are such graceful birds; moving slowly, waiting patiently for their prey.
The chicks are raised and gone. Keeping up their health and strength is their sole purpose in life this time of year. Well, that and to provide beauty for humans. I doubt he/she is even aware of that purpose. Otherwise I’d be able to get closer with my camera….and practice my heronish