An Eagle’s Goodbye
Going to confess, we ‘got outta Dodge’ before the last snow storm hit the mid-Atlantic region last couple days. We are now camping in Florida, and immediately the first day here I’ve had a grand time photographing some ‘newbies’ for my bird life list. PLUS, it’s 25-30 degrees warmer than the Chesapeake Bay area which sure feels good!!
But first, I gotta do this last ‘home’ post before I start showing my Florida birds.
Taking the next-to-last load of bags to our truck, I heard an Eagle calling and looked up to see an adult Eagle pass overhead. Always makes me smile when I see and hear one, ditto this time. Oh boy, am I going to miss my local bird activity while I’m gone, I was thinking.
We went back up to get the final bags (‘final’ bags always include my camera bags, just in case, you know?) and prepare to lock up. I took a quick glance out my balcony window as I started closing my verticals; and, lo and behold, that Eagle was landing on our Osprey platform.
I’ve been waiting for this moment all season! Every year I get at least a few different days of one or both of them on the platform and so far this season, nothing while I’ve been around.
I quickly grabbed my camera. (Remember, final bags….this time it paid off!) Whew, if we had left 10 minutes sooner, I would have missed this opportunity!
It was sun & clouds, I had to make sure I got at least a few shots when the sun peeked out. And so, yes, the Eagle kept us from leaving for another 20 minutes. It was worth it!
Yes, I did get a lot of direct stares as the last one. I’m thinking, surely he was giving me his “goodbye eagle-eye” then! At least it sounds good, huh? hee hee
What a beautiful gift to receive before departing. It felt like it was meant to be!