Thursday, February 18, 2010

SkyWatch Friday

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My Cape Breton house sits on a small harbor. The day before Hurricane Bill, during the calm before the storm, I was out in the yard "battening down the hatches". As I readied my kayak for it's safe haven down in the cellar, I decided to take it out for just a little paddle first.

 I spent about an hour paddling across the harbor, then along the shore, and back, when I spotted some eagle activity not too far from the shore in front of my home. Out of curiosity, I paddled over. To my amazement, there were 5 eagles flying to and from their perch upon a massive boulder sitting at the water's edge. I watched them for quite some time and surmised by their activity that it was a family, 2 adults, 1 young adult, and 2 juveniles who were as large as the adult birds.



The adult male flew away upon my arrival, but the remaining 4 were undaunted by my quiet presence.
He went to his favorite spot on the old, abandoned causeway that leads to a nearby, now uninhabited island.
I see him out there most mornings.  In the fall, there are usually 2 - I always assumed Mr. and Mrs.
Sometimes when I paddle the shore out to the open ocean, they accompany me to the end of the island,
flying on ahead, landing along the tree line, flying ahead a little more as I approach, and so on.

I'm heading back to the island tomorrow, where I have more pictures of this grand adventure, so stay tuned!


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18 comments:

Bill S. said...

Beautiful picture of the eagle. What a royal bird especially while they are soaring. Great capture.

Stine in Ontario said...

Wouldn't it be glorious to soar like that?

Mike said...

Great capture!

eileeninmd said...

Cool shot of the Eagle inflight! They are awesome!

Diane AZ said...

Amazing capture! How wonderful that you can watch them fly.

The Early Birder said...

What fabulous companions to have overhead as you paddle the waters.

Regina said...

Wow how beautiful to watch it soar up high.
Great capture!

"SkyWatch"

J Bar said...

Terrific.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Tricia said...

Very majestic! Would I love to see a site like that!

Rinkly Rimes said...

What wonderful birds to have as neighbours!

Jom Manilat said...

Wonderful photo and story!

Dimple said...

Great story, and wonderful picture!

Maria said...

Gorgeous! I hope everyone enlarged it... it's just breathtaking!
Thank you for the treat ♥ Maria

Wren said...

Great photo, great experience. What a wonderful escort for your trip.

Kcalpesh said...

A bird's flight is very difficult to capture! Awesome photography!!!

Margaree said...

where are you on CB ??

ksdoolittle said...

Thank you, everyone, for your wonderful comments. I've been away and was so pleased to return to so many views.

Margaree, I'm in the SE corner of CB.
Thanks for stopping by!! ~ks

DALSING said...

I love visiting your part of the world. How fortunate you are to live there. Love the photos.