Bald Eagles at Eastern Neck NWR

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This is my third post sharing my visit December 26th to Eastern Neck NWR.  As soon as I arrived, I saw two Bald Eagles flying together.  No love taps or chasing, just a nice bonding cruise across the sky.

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Bald Eagles flying together

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This next Eagle proved to be difficult to photography with all those little branches, no matter where I stood.

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Bald Eagle 01

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This last Eagle gave me so many pretty shots that s/he’s the main event of this post.

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Bald Eagle 02

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It had such a beautiful, intense look as it constantly scoured all directions.

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Bald Eagle 03

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In the next photo, notice the Eagle’s head is rotated about 180 degrees to look behind it.  Eagles have 14 cervical vertebrae allowing for the 180 degrees rotation.

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Bald Eagle 04 – rotating head 180 degrees

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Bald Eagle 05

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I slowly made my way closer to the Eagle, while my mind was in a repeating loop, “Please don’t fly….please don’t fly…..”

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Bald Eagle 06

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This Eagle was most definitely looking for someone.  Those eyes!

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Bald Eagle 07

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The Eagle even gave a couple looks my way but didn’t seem to care about me.

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Bald Eagle 08

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At one point, the Eagle let out a call.

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Bald Eagle 09

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And then looked back at me so pretty!

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Bald Eagle 10

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I excitedly thought it’s mate was flying up behind me!

As I spun around, it was actually a car that had just pulled up, and a family was getting out.  The Eagle was no doubt taking note of the humans now gathering.  πŸ™‚

The parents and their teenage son had driven two hours to visit the refuge for the first time, hoping to see an Eagle.  It was a delight to see their excitement.

We marveled over the Eagle together and then left it to it’s viewing.  It wasn’t going anywhere.  At least, not yet.

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48 thoughts on “Bald Eagles at Eastern Neck NWR

    • Thank you, Mike! I get that! πŸ˜ƒ I played with the crop on that photo intending a close-up, but I really loved keeping those two horizontal branches in the shot, with the soft blues in the sky. The original photo is not much more than this shot I posted, I just cropped out the tree trunk to the right. πŸ‘

    • Thank you, Eliza! Oh my, get me alongside someone excitedly asking me birding questions, and I’m all in on sharing the delight! I still get thrilled seeing an Eagle myself. Today we drove 45 minutes countryside and saw four different Eagles flying along the way. It truly is downright pretty cool! πŸ™‚

  1. πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ“·πŸ’– Yesterday, while walking about two hundred meters from the place where I took pictures, the golden eagle circled. But with my manual lenses, it was just too fast and too far πŸ€”

    • Just to see an Eagle is amazing! 😊 We have Golden Eagles in the U.S. but they’re rare for my area. One was recently reported and I’ve been looking for him since. πŸ˜‰

      • πŸ€—I saw him for the fourth time in about 25 years. It is quite a rarity in our region and poachers are of course a problem :(. Reportedly, one pair nests a short distance from where I live. Which would confirm the fact that I saw him the day before yesterday.Maybe I’ll be lucky someday and take a picture of him πŸ“·.

  2. An amazing encounter! What a great collection of Bald Eagle photos! It’s such a relief to know these majestic birds are flourishing now and that more and more people are getting to see them in the wild.

  3. What a wonderful and beautiful sighting!! You got a good look at its face through the branches I thought. It’s always fun to share an exciting bird sighting with like minded birders isn’t it.

  4. There is nothing quite like seeing the eagles as they gather at their favorite fishing spots. Amazing shots, and how cool for the family to see them, too. I don’t know what it is about eagles, but they bring so much joy to me when I witness their incredible majesty. Super smart, too! Gorgeous, Donna, have a geat week!

    • Thank you, Terri! No matter how often I am lucky to see an Eagle (mostly flying), I still get super-excited myself! They are majestic and patriotic to me too, and oh-so fiercely gorgeous. They’ve got the package! Have a wonderful week too!

  5. It’s always exciting seeing a bald eagle. I remember when I have seen them perched on a limb at Eastern Neck that they stay there for a long time, which I always appreciate. Thanks for sharing.

    • Even when we see them often! 😁 The Eagles at Blackwater NWR are also obliging on staying perched for long periods. They know the NWRs are safe from living there year-round. We’re a mere annoyance. πŸ˜‰

  6. You’re very fortunate to have such weather conditions. Your captures are so nice, showing how beautiful these birds are. Great work, Donna. πŸ™‚

    • Thank you, HJ, that was one great weather morning! It’s been downhill since. Then yesterday we had a beautiful snowfall. I say beautiful because I did not have to drive in it. πŸ™‚

  7. Don’t you just wish you understood what the eagle was saying in Bald Eagle 09??? Superb shots, my dear! That first one had to be a challenge with all them twigs in the way!!! πŸ’ž

    • Thank you! I’ve been back to that area of the refuge and seen Eagles each time. Yesterday there were three! πŸ€— I got photos of one in another tree, but the two playing in the sky were too far so I just watched them. Very cool and yes majestic!

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