The Travels of Tug 44

Bald Eagle

The Bald Eagle, America's Nation Bird and symbol, spotted on the Hudson River in Fort Edward NY.   high-res

This one is sitting on an unused nest platform. This particular platform is used as a hunting perch, a dinner table, and a mating location ... the actual nest is in a nearby tree. You can't see it in these photos, but the Eagle is standing on a mallard duck he's killed for lunch.   high-res

A pair of Bald Eagles mating on the platform. Sorry about the fuzzy photograph, but it's the only one I was able to get.   high-res

The day I met Sylvia the Bald Eagle is a day I won't ever forget. I was inside the cage with her at the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge, and she didn't like me in there. She was hopping and screaming and was working herself up to do something about getting me out of her house. I took the hint and left quickly!   high-res

January 2017, I spotted this Bald Eagle snacking on a dead deer. Yes, Bald Eagles eat carrion. The deer was a road kill placed on the ice of a frozen pond specifically to attract the Eagles. He was not about to fly, but his wings are up for extra leverage tearing meat from the deer.   high-res

Lunch is over, and the Eagle poses in a nearby tree ...   high-res

... and a few minutes later, the Eagle's mate buzzed by and the two of them engaged in synchronized flying. This is all part of the mating ritual, they are a mated pair.   high-res

The Bald Eagle lands in the upper branches of a tree. They can land on twigs because they barely weigh anything in spite of their 6-7 foot wingspread.   high-res

February 2017 - Bald Eagles aren't always regal ... I caught this one picking his nose. :) But look at the size of those claws.   high-res

This one was posing for his selfie. :)   high-res

This Bald Eagle is in the middle of a blink ... his nictating membrane (inner eyelid) is closed.   high-res

This is a juvenile Bald Eagle. They are full-sized when they first leave the nest but are not sexually mature and do not get the white head and tail and the yellow beak, until they are 4-5 years old. This one is being hassled by the crow, and crows just do not respect juvenile Eagles.   high-res

The juvenile Bald Eagle spreads his wings to intimidate the crow. The crow walks away ... but comes right back a moment later.   high-res

The juvenile Bald Eagle flies overhead!   high-res

Later an adult Eagle arrives and the crows scatter.   high-res

Half an hour later, the adult Bald Eagle has eaten his fill and flies off.   high-res

The Bald Eagle, America's National Bird.

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