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Friday, November 9, 2012

Drama in the skies

We have been blessed with a couple of clear crisp days.  Mixing some work (raking and bagging leaves) and play (taking my camera on a nature quest) was a great way to spend them.

So back to check out the 'river meeting the sea' area.  There were many shorebirds in the water and flying about; there were seals and sea lions still pursuing spawning salmon; there were a few large dead salmon along the shore which were of interest to the crows...but the main drama of the visit was the interaction between two eagles.

A Bald Eagle was manning a post overlooking the waters when a darker large bird approached ... can you see the dark wings at the lower portion of the left post in the following photo?


This series of photos shows what happened next:
The large dark bird could either be a 2nd year juvenile Bald Eagle or a Golden Eagle; according to the bird ID reply it is hard to distinguish between the two when Bald Eagles are at this stage.







19 comments:

  1. It doesn't look like our golden eagles. A naughty eagle is what it is.

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    1. It's probably a juvenile bald eagle ~ the adult bald eagle definitely thought it was a bit of an upstart!

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  2. Fantastic shots, Glo. That last one really shows off the second bird's form.

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    1. Thanks Nikki ~ It's kind of hard to focus on them when they're circling around, but once in awhile, I get a decent enough photo.

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  3. Brilliant photos, what a dramatic encounter!

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    1. |Thanks CGP ~ indeed it is something to see when large birds of prey start whirling about in mid-air!

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  4. Lucky you to see and watch two eagles like that, and take some great photos of them as well. Flighty xx

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    1. Hi Flighty ~ I never know what I'm going to see when I'm in the midst of natural wonder, and sometimes I just catch my breath at the sights I see.

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  5. I can't believe you actually get to see eagles, I am SO jealous!!!! And...a golden eagle?????? amazing, I've never seen an eagle so this was such a treat for me. If I lived by you I'd be camping out watching them.

    Btw Glo, I had subscribed to your site but haven't recieved ant recent notifications re your post by email...I tried to subscribe again but the page just shows steams and streams of letters......

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  6. Wonderful action that you've captured here, Glo. Such majestic birds.

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    1. Thanks so much for the POTW, Hilary ~ I'm in some great company! I was out again today for some more shots.

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  7. great action to witness! thanks for sharing it, and congrats on your POTW!

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    1. Thank you! So glad you enjoyed the action shots :)

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  8. wow!!
    you got some great action shots
    congrats on POTW

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    1. Much appreciate your comment and the POTW!

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  9. wow!!! totally amazing! congratulations on POTW:-)

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