It was the day before Hurricane Bill, August 18th of last year.
The calm before the storm.
I was battening down the hatches, preparing to slip my kayak
down the cellar stairs.
But the harbor was so calm and inviting,
I decided to go for a quick paddle first.
I paddled around for about an hour, enjoying the serenity
that comes with being out on the water, so small
amid such a vast environment.
When returning across the harbor, I noticed some eagle activity
just around the bend from my house,
so thought I should paddle over to check it out.
There were 5 eagles. FIVE! Feeding on this large boulder.
Two juvies and 3 adults. Upon my approach, one adult flew across
to the old causeway out to yet another island.
I often see him sitting out there in the early mornings.
Even at a distance, his profile is pretty unmistakable.
Anyone watching me would have thought they were watching
an episode of America's Funniest Home Videos
because I was trying not to spook them,
but the tide was rushing in and directing my kayak the wrong way.
There I was, trying to manipulate the paddle as a rudder
to keep to the left, my binoculars and camera around my neck,
and all tangled up as I was shooting one picture after another.
In all my excitement, I kept pushing buttons on the camera, so
I'd turn it off and on again and keep shooting.
They were flying in and out. Once I thought one was
going to fly right at me!
I didn't want any buildings in the background, no telephone wires,
only a natural background, but it was difficult to swing that boat around.
One by one they all flew away
Leaving that lone adult. And he/she just sat there for the longest time
as I floated nearer and nearer,
shooting photo after photo,
until I didn't need to use my zoom at all.
I was so pumped!
Bill hit with a vengeance, but it wasn't quite as devastating as predicted,
and all was well.
I made some cards from that first photo.
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