For the past 11 years, I have been filming and photographing wild American Bald Eagles that moved in right next door to the house.
They were a mated pair that have been producing baby eagles here every year like clockwork without missing a year so far. Every year about this time is when the baby reaches three months old and will spread their wings and take their first flights out of the nest.
Baby Eagle of 2019 made that venture and left the nest only yesterday for the first time.
To start the day today, I was sitting at the table while looking out the living room windows at 5 a.m. having my coffee when I suddenly spotted the Mom Eagle diving for a fish in the middle of the pond/lake in front of the house here, and she landed in the water. She could not fly out of the water.
I grabbed my binoculars to get a closer look to see if I need to run to rescue the Mom Eagle in the water and I saw that she was using her wings for swimming a butterfly style stroke. She dove into the deepest and widest part of the pond/lake, and I had never seen these eagles swim to the other side to get out of the water.
I grabbed my coffee and went out of the house and down the driveway to see if I could spot her and if she was still struggling to come up out of the water. Couldn't see her for all the willow trees that are on the edges of the water, so I jumped in my Explorer and drove over that way when I spotted her taking off and flying to the main roosting tree in the pasture. That was when my suspicions were confirmed, and I was hearing the baby eagle out of the nest yesterday afternoon for the first time.
I headed very quietly back to the house to run in and grab my cameras and eased my way back across the pond/lake to get some shots of the baby eagle and while not upsetting Mom.
Mom saw me sitting in the road on the other side and flew and landed directly over the top of my head and was looking down at me to see what I was and what I was doing.
Fired off some shots of the baby from across the water when all of a sudden, the baby got into position and suddenly spread his/her wings and made the most incredible flight.
The sun was still not quite up yet, my lens and camera were struggling to focus, along with my being twisted around in the driver's seat of my truck and sitting my long lens on the back of the passenger seat, so getting precise focus was very difficult to do with the low lighting outside.
As I got clear of the seat issue, following the baby eagle in flight, that is when that little joker flew right in front of me and perched in the tree only 20-25 feet away and about 15-20 feet off the ground in front of me. Well, the shadows of the trees blocking the light made it very difficult to get a good shot in the dark under the trees, but from these edited photos, you can see just how my morning went before 7 a.m.
So now, I introduce you to Baby Bald Eagle of 2019. Another very successful hatching event for the pair of adult eagles here at the house.
This is Mom Eagle who could not get out of the water to fly. She most likely had a four pound Bass that she would not let go of to fly. LOL! It would not be the first time I've seen them nail a four pounder and drag it out of the water. American Bald Eagles have a tremendous grip and an even bigger personality.
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