Pulling the lens cap off the camera and dropping it to the ground, I squatted onto the low stool. Hunched over and aiming, I was able to get about 30 shots. However, there was no rush that day as she was perfectly content being in such close proximity to the nest even though she knew I was there. It was 3:35 pm.
Note: I still do not know how many chicks are in the nest and am hoping to find that out in the next few weeks. However, a few things I've observed about the pair's behavior:
the female always sits higher than the male when it comes to perching and basking in the sun;
the male (even when the female is not on the "perching tree") always sits on lower branches;
when sitting side by side, she is always on the inside
I was so excited...exhilarated really...when I was able to finally get some decent pix of her leg bands!! With my previous camera, I could never get the clarity because of pixel distortion. So, when I got my thoughts together after I returned home an hour later and sent my report in, I pointed out the pix with the bands and yes, I was right. She is a MA eagle and her series of numbers was done in...are you ready?????....1995!!! This female is twenty two years old...:) The average life expectancy in the wild is 35 years.
This week I am hoping that I can get the male's band although he hasn't been that cooperative and usually faces the wrong way!! Leave it to a man to make fun work...:)
Anyway, remaining in the woods for a almost an hour, it was when I began to pack up around 4:25 pm that she took flight.
However, rather than heading toward the river or the dam, she circled high above me and escorted me all the way home.
just seeing, saying and sharing...
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