Osprey Nest Platform Visitor – Eagle

Shortly after sunrise, the hazy clouds broke for a moment and the sun reflected the distance buildings onto the water down Cambridge Creek.  Standing at my slider door sipping a cup of coffee, I was mesmerized with the colors as well as the ducks below me who were already busily diving for food.

A Bald Eagle came out of nowhere and landed on our community’s Osprey nest platform that was still shaded.

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Bald Eagle

 

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Bald Eagle

 

Just sittin’ on the dock platform on the bay creek….

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Bald Eagle

 

Even though it glanced down at the Lesser Scaup and Ruddy Ducks below, the Eagle didn’t seem interested, which I was relieved.  Even the ducks didn’t seem alarmed, which I thought was odd.

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Bald Eagle – getting some of the sun’s lighting through the hazy clouds finally

 

This Bald Eagle has almost reached full adult.  You can see the dark spot of feathers on the top of its head and the tail still has a dirty-look.  In the photos further below, you can also still see some blotchy-white spots on the wings while in flight.

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“Scratchin’ An Itch”

 

Almost an hour later, as the sun was peaking again, it was time to go.  Of course.

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The Bald Eagle flew gracefully down the creek, past the Dorchester County Office Building, and out towards the Choptank River.

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“May you soar on Eagle wings, high above the madness of the world.”
— Jonathan Lockwood Huie

What a delightful way to begin the day!

 

 

50 thoughts on “Osprey Nest Platform Visitor – Eagle

  1. Fantastic pictures of your eagle Donna, Those wings are massive! The first photo gives an idea of its size in relation to surroundings, and osprey nesting platform. Have a wonderful weekend my friend!

    • Thank you, Ashley! What a treat to have so early in the morning, just sipping coffee and waking up. I guarantee I was fully awake in a split moment when the Eagle landed! 😊 Have a wonderful weekend also my friend!

  2. I can just imagine that the first look made your heart skip a beat! You thought it was and Osprey!
    What a majestic looking bird and what a gorgeous background light! Thank you Donna. 🙂

    • LOL thank you, HJ, you made me laugh! I saw him coming in for the landing and knew it was an Eagle. BUT there’s going to be a moment in five weeks or so where my heart will skip a beat! 😊

  3. Wow Donna, such beautiful Bald Eagle photos! You have a perfect perch for bird watching! I like your word play on Otis Redding’ old song too. love that song still after all the years. ❤️

    • So glad you liked that series, Chris! If I hadn’t been on a tripod, I would have missed the take-off; the Eagle didn’t really give any warning it was getting ready to go. 🙂

  4. Beautiful photos! I see eagles every day here, but they stay too far away for me to photograph. I love to watch them and listen to them though.

    • Thanks, David, and good question! That day, high tide was 4:43 a.m. and low tide was 11:05 a.m. He landed at 8:52 a.m. for about an hour. So yes, yes he was watchin’ the tide roll away….. 😊

  5. Superb photos of the eagle, Donna! I have also see young Bald Eagles at Osprey nests at EBF, about this time of the year. Your photos of this one are exceptionally good!

    • Thank you, Hien! I’ve been ‘waiting’ for an Eagle to visit our platform, lol. At our previous home we also had an Osprey nest platform, and the Eagles, sometimes a pair, would use it all winter as a perch. Maybe it’s too populated where I am now. 😉

  6. I am always touched to see animals seeking creature comforts, such as the eagle soaking in the morning’s first warming rays of sunshine. Thank you for sharing these beautiful impressions, Donna.

  7. Pingback: A Great Day Birding On Cambridge Creek | Photos by Donna

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