Saturday, April 06, 2013

The Eagle, That Leads to the Eagles Nest, and the Red-tailed Hawk Part 1

This is my last photo of the day, just as the sun was going down. And this is the Red-tailed Hawk I'd been looking for, though not his nest as yet. 

But while I was looking for him, I found an Eagle's nest.

I'd met some people on a walking trail who said they'd heard there was a Red-tailed Hawk nest toward the west and also that the Eagle's nest of last year had blown down and an Eagle pair also likely had a nest somewhere "over there".

Thankfully the railroad tracks were going in a handy me some "public access" through the countryside amidst all the privately owned land.

I'd walked along for about a half hour being screamed at by Red-winged Blackbirds, they're very tense this time of year, when I saw a large speck in the top of a tree.

 Then the large speck took to his wings toward the east...left.

A Bald Eagle, Haliaeetus leucocephalus, going somewhere with purpose.

He then curved back in the other direction again and flew the length of a field back to his perch.

Flying past the nest.  See it near the top of the tree center?
 It's well over a mile away, so I try digiscoping.

It is too far away even for digiscoping. 

There is an Eagle's head there but its tough to see. I look around for the nearest farm house.  Perhaps they own the site and I can get permission to get closer.  Gulp.  I gather my stuff and start trekking for it. 

Raptor watching is ever so much easier in Central Park.  Though...Central Park doesn't have an Eagle's Nest.

More to Come!

Donegal Browne

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