An exciting adventure looking at the land and the people around me.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
The large bird soared high above carefully watching for a meal. There is no problem with flying 50-60 miles each day in search of prey. When fall first approaches the Turkey Vultures head south and the eagles arrive from the north. It is a simple exchange and often in such a short time one forgets how many can be seen each day. This exchange begins again this month when the spring thaws begin and the rivers once frozen offer food in new places. It is sad to see these beautiful eagles leave. They often give one an opportunity to travel just to watch them. Many days are spent just seeing how close I can get to them. Hours are spent sitting patiently awaiting their movement and hoping they will return to a perch nearby. Soon a side glimpse catches the flutter in the water and down they swoop picking up a fish and flying to a limb to consume this marine treasure. They sometimes will try to get an easy meal trying to steal what another has caught. These antics along with a few wrestling moves midair are what one never gets to see unless you watch for a long time. Days can be bitter cold, yet they are still hunting, maybe the cold gives them added energy. When the river freezes, they fly more south to open water and wait for thaws to return to the north. Some will stay and nest, but most of them have better hunting areas to the north.
Here one sits with a immature friend who hasn't molted to the bold colors until they are 3-5 years old.