Eagle Activity Around Oyster Cove

Here around the Chesapeake Bay, the winter cold has settled in, and the migratory birds have arrived.  It’s also a busy time for our local area’s American Bald Eagles.  Since November, pairs have been hard-working on their nests as well as reconnecting their commitment to each other.  If a pair has successfully mated, the female should be close to or has already laid her egg brood for this season and is busy keeping them warm.  Our locals also have to deal with protecting their territory from other busy local Eagles as well as migratory Eagles from the far North who winter around the Chesapeake Bay area.

I always see this time of year as the best opportunity to see our local Eagles on a frequent basis, perched on a tree over at Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center (CBEC) or on one of our channel markers, or soaring the skies around us.  It is a joy to watch a pair become playful as the male will fly and swoop around his girl, sometimes giving a little tap with the wing while she plays “catch me if you can”.  Click here to see “Eagle love” from a previous post.  To get the opportunity to watch a pair mate in the sky as they entwine and fall precariously to the ground (called “cartwheeling”) is extraordinary.  Click here to see a previous post of mine with my lucky captures!

And what a delight it has been to look out my window and see an eagle (or two!) on our Oyster Cove community’s osprey nest platform, taking a break while keeping a watchful eye out for other intruding eagles.  Our community is so lucky to get these opportunities with our cameras and binoculars.

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American Bald Eagles (female on the right) who live over at CBEC

We have two local pair of Eagles that I’ve been watching, who like to irritate each other, which gives great entertainment for us.  When the pair above either together or singularly visits our platform, the other pair who appear to live over at Kent Island will hang out on the Kent Narrows southend entrance markers, to show their presence, together or singularly as well.

_DSC0021-1 122814When this happens, we can have a ‘vocal’ war.

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_DSC0111-1 122814The other(s) will reply and then it continues for a brief period.  What entertainment, I love it!  Pretty cool to hear too!

For those in the community with telephoto lens or binoculars, the next photos will show where the pair of Eagles that visit our platform perch and nest over at CBEC which we can see from our property.  Note the osprey nest platform in the photos at CBEC for reference.

CBEC Eagles

CBEC Eagles

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The next photos show their nest location.  I can see it better with my binoculars, wish I had a longer lens to show you better!

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Eagle Nest –  note osprey nest platform at far right and tree line to locate.

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Look for the ‘darkness’ amongst the trees, you may also catch one of the Eagles coming or going from the nest!

A few more photos of the CBEC Eagle pair….

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Lippincott Channel Marker

Lippincott Channel Marker

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24 thoughts on “Eagle Activity Around Oyster Cove

  1. Great to hear from you Donna! Your posts and the stories behind the shots are always a treat! Nice that you showed some “environmental shots” of the eagles’ “stomping grounds”. And your shots capturing their behavior are great… I can almost hear their characteristic “chirps” Keep ‘em coming! 🙂

    • Thank you very much, Steve, you’re comments inspire me every time!

      For those that would love to see some awesome pro shots of eagles, visit Steve’s website and view his Conowingo Dam Eagle Series and his many other extraordinary wildlife captures. Truly beautiful. 🙂 http://sjtphotography.com/

  2. I do enjoy seeing and hearing about eagle activity. Thanks for the photos and the post. It is good to hear from you. I do hope you are doing well this winter. I know you are just kinda hanging on waiting for the osprey! hugs

    • Thank you very much, Beth! Things a bit rough but my family are hugely supportive. The eagles are keeping me smiling too! And oh yes, looking very much forward to our returning osprey. 🙂

    • Thank you, Charlie. Sometimes I wish they’d get just a little closer for my lens! 🙂 No lie, I’m usually talking to them in a quiet voice, “this way, over here….fly over this way….come on, please, over here….” lol

    • Thanks Becky, they can sit so still and be so content for quite a while, just gazing at each other, and then both turn to look at a sound, then back to each other. I can see and feel their bond, watching them with my binoculars. I love it!

  3. Hi Donna, I just love this series of beautiful photographs of the Bald Eagles! My favorites are the ones showing the eagle calling with beak up in the air. Lovely. Have a tremendously nice weekend. Happy Valentine’s Day!

    • Thanks so much! I go crazy for Eagles, as if I’ve never seen one before. I just sat back down to my laptop after trying to capture a juvenile Eagle passing by my window, not sure if I got him clear enough but still enjoyed just the sighting. Have a great weekend too, enjoy your VDay!

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