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Eagle Alert!

“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.

Adult Eagle on Alsea River
Adult Eagle on Alsea River

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.

Juvenile Eagle Joins Parent
Juvenile Eagle Joins Parent

Then another adult flew in to greet the two!

2nd Adult Eagle Flies In
2nd Adult Eagle Flies In

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.

Juvenile Bald Eagle
Juvenile Bald Eagle

Bald Eagles get their adult plumage in about 5 years. This one looks like it is beginning to get its white head feathers.

4-5 year-old Bald Eagle
4-5 year-old Bald Eagle

Beginnings

The weekly photo challenge is: Beginnings

Bald Eagle - 1st year
Bald Eagle – juvenile

This bald eagle is at the beginning of his life; probably 2+ years old based on the amount of white on his head.  His parents have taught him how to hunt and now he (or she) is surviving on his own.

I imagine he still sees his parents as they remain in the same general area.  But they cannot continue to feed their young or they would put themselves in peril.  So, whether he was a quick-study or a slow learner, he’ll eat what he can find on his own.  He was eyeing a dead fish carcass in the Alsea River today.  But he didn’t see it until after the tide came in and it was under water.  If he doesn’t find something else to eat, he knows he can come back here at a lower tide.

A bald eagle’s head and tail feathers aren’t solid white until about the 4th year.  I wonder if that is so adult eagles cut them some slack until they are full adults?

Hhmm – so there IS a lesson here for us humans – both for parents and for children establishing their independence

Stop to Smell the Wildlife

If I’m going to oogle at the wildlife, on our way to church, I need to start out earlier.

Bald Eagle
The Eagle Has Landed!

It’s not MY fault a bald eagle landed across the river from our house!  It IS, however, Don’s fault for telling me about it.

He’s feeling under the weather so he wasn’t going with me.  But that didn’t mean he was going to take the photos.  hahaha

snap, snap, snap, snap, gotta go – I’ll look at them later!

Bald Eagle eyeing the river
Bald Eagle eyeing the river

The eagle looked up and down that clear Alsea River.

If looks could kill
Bald Eagle eyeing our backyard birds and chipmunks

Uh oh!

Tidewater Elk
The fence is to keep the elk out, not in

I have gotten into a pretty good habit to pack my camera with me everywhere.

However, I specifically do NOT take my camera with us to church, for this very reason:  I’d be late everytime.

Life is full of hard choices.  We have to strike a balance. 🙂

Elk Huddle
Elk Huddle

I was pleasantly surprised, though, when the herd was still there when I came home today.  (By the way, I was on time.)

It’s not often that they are within walking distance from our house so I was anxious to walk back with my camera.  I really didn’t want to take time to eat lunch but I asked Don if he felt like eating anything.  He first said, “No”, but then changed his mind.  So I fixed myself a sandwich and he looked at me like I’d deserted him.  Then I remembered he’d wanted soup. 🙂  As I said, I was a little distracted by those elk.  So we finished lunch and I ran off to see if I could sneak up on the elk.  They startled as soon as they saw me.  I don’t know if it was me or the sound of the boat in the river or both that made them get up and move.  Next time I’ll wear my camo, instead of chartreuse, coat.

Steelhead Fishing in Alsea Tidewater
Steelhead Fishing in Alsea Tidewater

The Alsea has been at a nice level and color for fishing for about a week now.

Tidewater Ripples
Alsea tidewater at a great level for steelhead fishing

It’s nice to see the ripples back.  They disappear, of course, when the water is high.

I’m enjoying it for now because I know the other rainboot will eventually drop.

Eye Candy on the Beach

I love watching wildlife.  I especially love watching wildlife interact with each other.

2 adult bald eagles

Something caught my eye on the beach.  It was out at the minus tide line.  I saw the 2 large birds but didn’t see the white heads that far away.  As I got closer, I discovered there were 2 bald eagles on the beach!  I had to use the highest zoom and snapped as many as possible as I inched towards them.  There was no telling how close they’d let me get.

Bald Eagle Adult with Juvenile
Mom, can I have some?

After the one adult flew off, the young eagle flew in.  They were eating a dead bird.

Bald Eagle Adult with Juvenile
WELL I’M NOT HUNGRY ANYWAY!

Looks like SOMEBODY didn’t get her way?

I’ve seen that tantrum at the grocery store. 🙂

Japanese Float on Tillicum Beach
Japanese Float on Tillicum Beach

I even found another float today!  I’m always surprised when there are other people on the beach and no one has picked up the float.  This one was small enough that it didn’t stand out when I looked down the beach.

Bull Kelp
Bull Kelp

The bullwhip kelp that I usually see here has darker leaves.  But all of it today was this light color.  This one is unusual, too, because it is covered in barnacles.