May 20, 2007

Bald Is Beautiful

Another photo from yesterday's Carpenter Nature Center. One thing I never realized about the bald eagle....I was very surprised to see feathers covering it's legs. It actually looked strange seeing all of the feathers. Most birds legs are exposed to the elements, but the bald eagles legs were covered with feathers. Perhaps being such large birds with large feathers, one can actually notice their legs. My guess is the extra covering helps the eagles who do not migrate. Not all of them do, which I was also not aware of. When I was awaiting the raptor release, I observed nine bald eagles flying in the sky. I had never seen so many eagles flying at once in the sky. It was quite a sight to see. I know a lot of the bald eagles success comes from the Carpenter Nature Center. I wonder just how many of these beautiful birds call this area home.

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Kate said...

It's a powerful photo of a powerful bird. The trip to the center obviously was very rewarding!

Anonymous said...

Wowee. Some bird. I love this shot. It looks perfectly healthy and ready to go but I understand it can't.

Anonymous said...

I saved your picture. I don't have one so this is the best I have seen. I hope you don't mind.

I will give you guys a link to a bald eadle nest with a live cam. There are three in the nest and the parents come and go.

Kalyan Panja said...

It looks giant...A beautifully captured shot!

John said...

Great image of the Eagle. All three bird images are very good but I think the 20th really gives you an idea of the size of the bird.

Thanks for the link.

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Maureen said...

Wow - that is a beautiful photo of a beautiful bird! Birds of prey are so impressive, aren't they? I've been fortunate to see a sparrowhawk - twice - in our garden which obviously thrilled me (I'm a keen birder) but both my sons and husband were impressed too and they aren't bird fanatics like I am!