I have never spotted a Bald Eagle in Hollerdom before so this was a most rockin, eagle-watchin, day!
I travel to Canada and Alaska to try to spot these beauties up close. Bald Eagle populations in Southern California have been decimated in the past decades from residual DDT, habitat destruction, and human persecution.
I know there are a few Bald Eagles in the area, but having never seen one here in my lifetime, today was an epic day!
This eagle is tagged with a number 83. As far as I can ascertain she may be an eagle bred in Channel Islands National Park as part of a Bald Eagle restoration study/project. I am not at all certain of this. If anyone knows the identity of this tagged eagle, and if she is from The Channel Island Project, please let me know.
The study reports Bald Eagle K83, tagged in Channel Islands National Park, was spotted in Mission Bay in 2012 which is around 75 miles from The Holler. Check out this table from the study and note eagle tagged K83:
Table 4. Status of bald eagles released or fledged from nests on Santa Catalina Island, CA prior to 2012 and seen
629-29499 F K-02 West End 2000 Alive, Lake Hemet, CA
629-02780 M K-10 Twin Rocks 2001 Alive, Pelican Harbor pair, Santa Cruz Is.
629-02793 F K-26 West End 2002 Alive, Pelican Harbor pair, Santa Cruz Is.
629-47371 F K-47 Seal Rocks 2004 Alive, Rattlesnake pair, Catalina Is.
629-47398 F K-56 Seal Rocks 2005 Alive, Pinnacle Rock pair, Catalina Is.
629-52425 M K-00 Pinnacle Rock 2007 Alive, Twin Rocks pair, Catalina Is.
629-52428 M K-73 West End 2007 Alive, Pinnacle Rock pair, Catalina Is.
629-52434 F K-03 Seal Rocks 2007 Alive, Lake Elizabeth, CA 3/8/12
629-52442 F K-83 Two Harbors 2008 Alive, Mission Bay, CA 3/7/12
629-52443 M K-88 Twin Rocks 2008 Alive, San Clemente Island 12/19/12
629-52446 F K-67 West End 2008 Alive, Santa Rosa Island 6/20/12
629-52449 F K-87 Two Harbors 2009 Alive, San Clemente Island 4/22/12
629-52450 F K-91 Two Harbors 2009 Alive, Catalina Island 9/12
629-03429 F K-97 West End 2009 Alive, Catalina Island 5/17/12
629-03431 F K-05 Seal Rocks 2010 Alive, Santa Cruz Island 4/20/12
629-04104 F K-15 Rattlesnake 2011 Alive, Catalina Island 9/28/12
629-04106 F K-12 West End 2011 Alive, Dillon, MT 2/18/12
Most of the eagles seemed to stay in the Channel Islands National Park as of this 2012 survey, but one was found all the way in Montana, another in Hemet which is a desert community in Central California, and K83 was seen in Mission Bay which is on the ocean in San Diego County.
I saw another Bald Eagle in the sky today, so there seems to be a pair!
I wonder what the Holler Hawks make of the Holler Eagles!
Cheers to you from the Holler Eagles and a very thrilled birdie photographer~
For a link to the study I found online, click on the link below. You will note that attempts to successfully restore Bald Eagles to Southern California has been challenging and difficult:
Click to access Montrose-bald-eagle-report-2012-final-031913.pdf
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Incredible captures, Cindy! I can understand your excitement!
Yeah. I am completely jazzed. I never expected to see this here. It is just thrillng!
Your enthusiasm enhances my own! Huge smiles. Have an amazing day!
Bald Eagles are so beautiful, unfortunately, we had several to die in Delaware recently but we also had the opportunity to watch the live birth of two in Philly. They had a camera trained on the nest and it was awesome!
Oh that is so wonderful. They are such majestic beauties!
Those are great pictures. I bet the taggers would be interested to know about this beauty. I hope you get a nest!
Yes, my son has advised me to contact them and I will.
That is extraordinary! The thrill of a life time! Now all that needs doing is for the pair to raise a family at the Holler!
Just even you saying that gives me goosebumps! I am still floored.
They are incredible creatures. I have never seen one, except in captivity, which bothers me like nothing else, but I would love to see one soar above me. Beautiful photos, Cindy!!
Yes, I saw one in captivity once too and I know exactly what you mean. It seems just wrong!
I understand they’re trying to save them, and have them reproduce, but it isn’t what nature intended!!
I agree with you!
Your pics are absolutely beautiful, Cindy!!
She let me get close! I walked up to her slowly, in ten step intervals! She was so BIG!!!!
she has such keen, intelligent, wise eyes…just something so alert, calm and judicious in her demeanor…u captured her so beautifully…I’m getting a new camera with a super zoom for my birthday tomorrow…I’m really looking forward to these kind of pics Cindy😍😍😍hopefully somewhere near as professional as yours
she’s a BEAUTY!!!
How wonderful! Amazing images 😄
Isn’t she glorious!! I am still just jazzed!
Wow, how cool and what awesome photos of the Eagle, Cindy! 🙂 <3
Gosh, I wish I could kiss her for letting me get close to her! <3
I’m rather glad you can’t try that!
No wonder you’re jazzed up, that bird is beyond description!
Yeah, I think the eagle would have left for greener pastures and saner humans! 😉 😉
she liked your vibe😉😎😍
Oh for sure! A magic moment indeed! 👍😊❤️
Thanks for sharing these phenomenal moments with us Cindy! Number 83 is gorgeous!
I haven’t seen a bald eagle this up close since the time I volunteered at the UC Davis raptor rehabilitation center some years ago. We sure are missing their presence here as video footage of them in Alaska reminds us of how plentiful they can and should be! I just love hearing their chatter! ~Lynn
Yes, I have gotten very close in Canada and in Alaska, but here? I was just blown away! She is beee-yut-eee-ful! And there was another high up in the sky!
Great photos of your handsome specimen! We had a pair circle over our house last week, close enough to throw a rock at ( not that we ever would!) but we didn’t get any photos of them.
Oh wow, how wonderful! I just figured living near eagles was not in the cards for me. I don’t really want to reveal too much of her location as I am already feeling protective. I want her to live, and breed, in peace!
Thank you! She’s stunning!
Wow!!! That is a good one… Love it, Cindy!
I hope, hope, hope, she lives long and prospers! V
I do too…
Stunning and so incredibly gorgeous. Wow! What an amazing treat to see this fantastic eagle.
Yep, I am still blown away and thrilled! She’s amazing. She was soooooo BIG!
What a magnificent looking bird too! great shot 🙂
Thank you and so pleased you like her!
very much 🙂
I am so very excited for you!!! You attract the best company! 💛❤️💛
I do feel incredibly lucky today! <3 <3
It’s a beauty! Great photos!
Thanks Timothy. What an awesome day! 😉
What a glorious opportunity, Cindy! There are a few pairs who spend their summers near our cabin in northern Minnesota, and I treasure every chance I get to admire their elegance. I’ve wondered, a number of times, at the unfortunate decision to name them “bald,” for they certainly are not. The name tends rather to conjure up an image of a rather homely buzzard. Not that bald can’t be beautiful (thank goodness), I hasten to add!
Was it because they looked bald from a distance which is probably the only way most people saw them back in the day? How wonderful to have two pairs by your cabin. Sounds glorious~
What a magnificent creature! I used to dislike the idea of tagging wild animals, but tags for the restoration project gives me a different impression. It’s like a prayer, isn’t it? May this individual live, and let us know that it is doing well~ It’s would be awesome if you do have a pair of bold eagles moving in close to you!
It would be incredible to have them nesting here. I will definitely be checking. I know, the tag bugs me to. I wonder if it bothers the eagle. It ruins the symmetry of her feathers and I wonder what it was like as she grew. But she has lived, and we can maybe identify her, Plus those wildlife biologists are saving eagle lives, like hers, in SoCal, so they have my support.
What a momentous day for you Cindy. She does look very healthy and what a ferocious stare. The rest of your bird community must be worried…
Even the hawks don’t bother the songbirds. And yes, she has the so distinctive Bald Eagle stare! Love her!
So very cool.
Yep! She is~ <3
Sharp and emanating authority. Just lovely
She is a formidable lady! <3
She defines the word, doesn’t she!
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I’ve always loved this majestic birds 🙂
Have a beautiful weekend, Cindy!
You too Monica and thank you my friend~ <3
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Excitement in the Holler with the arrival of an unexpected visitor many miles from its original home.. An Eagle.. head over to Cindy Knoke’s blog to find out more about K83
You are such a sweetheart Sally. I am so blessed to have friends like you! <3 Take good care and have a happy weekend~
We saw some bald eagles in Lake Arrowhead last year. One resident’s dog was almost snatched from her by a bald eagle while she was trail hiking.
Wow! Must have been scary for the dog owner. These are really powerful birds and the closer you get to them the more awesome this power seems~
Love the pics of the B-eagle! |▰◕△◕▰|
I love the term B-eagle! :star: |▰◕△◕▰| :star:
so beautiful Cindy..thanks for sharing….have a great weekend <3
You too Jeanette and cheers to you~
What an amazing bird! Great photos!
That beak is pretty incredible isn’t it!
Why do they call them bald eagles? Because the head is white and the body is brown
I have heard two different explanations for this and so I combine them both. One is that in the old days bald also meant white, the other is that the white heads appeared bald from a distance, so I just combine both those explanations. The first one does have some merit because we have a famous Mt Baldy, which is always snowcapped.
There were be a test on Monday, so please read this carefully! 😉 😉
BTW this reminded me of you.
wow – once again well captured… fantastic shots – thx for sharing..
Oh, thank you so much more for your thougtful appreciation and have a great weekend~
What a treat to see one in the wild!
Never expected this so close to home!
I can just imagination the excitement when you captured these images. And such a kind bird to help with perfect lighting. Perhaps a touch vain? Or am I doing the camera person a disservice, Cindy?!
I think you are completely right on all accounts! Plus, she sat perfectly still long enough for me to click off around 50 carefully focused shots. I am sure she felt that was enough to ensure I got her best angles! 😉 😉
Beautiful bird with a mean looking beak! Great photos 🙂
She is a beauty that does not wish to be messed with! 😉
That is exciting to encounter one. I was so delighted just to a couple of owls landed near by and hung around for 5 or 10 minutes.
I would be ecstatic if “a couple of owls” landed near me for 5-10 minutes. This has never happened to me. Maybe you give off owl positive vibes! Lucky you!
I have chills. I can rarely say I know exactly what something feels like but I can still vividly describe the first time I saw a bald eagle in our town over a decade ago. The numbers are slowly increasing. 😀 Did you report the siting so that they can add you location to the list?
I am going to. My son suggested I do so. This really was a major experience for me because it happened here. I have lived all my life in about a 75 mile diameter and I have never seen a bald eagle here. I knew a very few of them live in the area, but like a mountain lion, I never expected to see one. I am still completely stoked!
So exciting. I hope you get to see some juveniles soaring with their parent’s soon.
Lovely photos,Cindy. )
Thank you Ranu~
What a beautiful bird and great photos. Thanks Cindy
Thanks more for appreciating her Wally & cheers to you my friend~
Wow Cindy, good on you!
I was wearing my lucky animal sighting shoes. Fashionista shoes, totally inappropriate for hiking. I wear them when I am not expecting to be following some animal through the brush. While wearing these shoes I am come upon a momma mouse with twin calves, a flock of around 50 sand hill cranes, and now K83! I gotta wear these fashion pumps while on serious hikes!!! 😉 😉
How exciting, wonderful images!
Thank you, it was an adrenalin positive day!
Fabulous photos, they are such amazing birds. A North American bald eagle flew across the Atlantic and landed exhausted in Ireland back in 1987. It was found near the southwest coast after it had flown 3,000 miles across the ocean, with the help of strong winds. Astonishing but true. I remember watching it on tv at the time. Once the exhausted bird had recovered he was flown back in a plane – first class, I hope.
Oh my God! What an incredible story! Truth is always so much stranger than fiction. Thank you for telling me! This may be part of the explanation for the eagle that flew all the way to Montana. He must have been surprised by all the snow and the grizzlies when he got there, considering he was Southern California beach-boy eagle! 😉
Puts a whole new perspective on the phrase ‘The eagle has landed’ 🙂
Major sweet! I would love to see a Bald Eagle some day too! What a magnificent bird! Sounds like the pair have independent spunk in leaving the National Park! Thank you for sharing such wonderful photos! Hugz Lisa and Bear
I think spunk is a perfect eagle descriptor. The Channel Islands are so incredible, but maybe the eagle just got tired of his relatives and needed some space! 😉 😉
Oh my goodness Cindy, how regal he looks perched up there in the tree! Wonderful capture!
She has such a commanding presence! I think I’ll call her Queenie~
What a treat! I love seeing a bad eagle – we have in NJ about two times and once here in MO!
I can well understand how you can clearly remember each time you saw one. They leave such a powerful impression.
seems better than
any space ship 🙂
She is the queen of the skies in North America~
These photos are so beautiful!
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These are beautiful photos of a magnificent bird.
You are a thoughtful and considerate friend Charles. Thank you and happy Saturday~
Hello! Surprise! guess word has spread that the Holler is the place to be. 🙂
It’s the hot, in-spot, for the bird community! 😉 😉
Very happy you enjoyed!
That is so exciting! And your photos are grand.
Thank you Dor and yep, quite an eagle-rockin day!
My heart leapt as I saw a hawk yesterday. I know it would thrill to the sight of an eagle. How wonderful for you.
Yes. I go thousands of miles to see this species. Seeing her is like seeing a mountain lion, which I have never done, and I have lived in this area all my life. I know a few (eagles and lions) are here, but I never expected to see one. Quite an amazing day! Thanks for understanding~
How did you read the number on the bird? Did you use binoculars?
I can see it clearly in the zoom photographs. The tag has faded from orange to sort of a peach color and the digits 8 and 3 are broken up a bit but still fully legible.
That’s really neat.
Ahh. The light colored area on the left wing/shoulder. I thought it was a light feather but now that I know what it is it’s obvious. Thanks.
When I first saw the eagle on full zoom I saw this weird spot which made me think my lens had a problem. When I hiked closer, I could clearly see the tag, so I had to google the number to see if I could find any information. I could only find one lead online which was unusal.
Such a well deserved privilege for you to have and boy, Cindy! You shared your lucky and rare photographs with us! Now, we are blessed, too. Happiness abounds when healthy eagle arrives. We have Eagles along two local reservoirs here in Central Ohio. I would not presume to try and capture photos but have dated a fisherman who saw Eagles while we fished and it did make a beautiful view in my “mind’s eye.” Free flying and soaring Eagles are such beautiful, majestic birds!!
I watched eagles fish in Canada and eat their catch. I came upon a pile of fish bones and was puzzling over it, when an eerie feeling came over me. I looked and a very annoyed and very large bald eagle was glaring down at me. Needless to say, I got away from the bone pile and proceeded to watch Mama, Daddy and juvenile eagle enjoy a fish dinner! What incredible animals!
You are so fortunate to have eagles where you live Robin. I would love to see them!
Stunning as always Cindy!
Merci beaucoup mon ami!
What a marvelous experience–not too far from my small town is an area where we can view scores of eagles. It’s the most emotional of experiences to view such majesty in large numbers. But it doesn’t matter, because one eagle is a testament to Mother Nature magnificent glory. One eagle is enough to make smiles for the entire day.
Seeing scores of them is something I would love to do. I went to the Tantalus Mountains to see the river where they congregate, but our timing was slightly off. It must just be incredible to see tons of them nesting and flying. How wonderful!
I didn’t know that we had any bald eagles in Southern California. I’m sure they don’t get out here by the coast, but it’s nice to know they exist! Great pic So!
Well this eagle was bred in Channel Islands National Park and spotted in Mission Bay in 2012. There is a population of bald eagles in Channel Islands which is definitely coastal SoCal, albeit offshore on the islands. I doubt this eagle stayed for long in Mission Bay, so I think you are correct.
Great pictures. I’ve seen a few around where I live. 🙂
What GREAT photos you captured of this majestic eagle, Cindy!! You’re soooo lucky to have spotted her — I see hawks soaring overhead here quite often, but have only seen eagles in photos. No wonder it’s our national bird!!
Yes, proud, powerful and majestic. She is an incredible creature!
I bet you could hardly believe your eyes, Cindy! Hard to understand people harming these magnificent creatures, but I suppose they prey on flocks where they can.
It is hard to understand a lot of the cruel things both big and small, that some people do, but heartening to also see how many people care and try to help. Happy weekend Jo!
Thanks, Cindy! To you too 🙂
Congratulations on your find. Perhaps they new you were looking and decided to be obliging. 🙂
That would make me far more important than I actually am, but it is a nice thought. Maybe they didn’t see me as a big threat and that is cool enough for me. You should hop over the pond Graham and visit The Holler. I can show you rattlers, and roadrunners, hawks and Hollerites. You could come in the winter. It would stop you from getting homesick really quickly! 😉 😉
Wow, Cindy, I got goosebumps just looking at these gorgeous photos. These birds are so majestic and have such a strong patriotic tag attached to them. Your photos are so amazing.
They are magnificent aren’t they! They give me that goosebumpy, awestruck feeling every time I am in their presence.
Why do they call them bald when they are not bald Do they have non-bald eagles. What’s up with that?
There are a variety of non-bald eagles. At The Holler we have golden eagles, although I rarely see them. They call them bald because bald used to mean white, hence snow capped Mt Baldy. Also the white head in the distance can blend with the sky and clouds making them actually look bald. Juvenile bald eagles are brown speckled all over with no white cap so they shouldn’t be called bald at all!!! Glad I could complicate this for you! 😉 😉
I would not want to call one of them baldie to their face unless I could run real fast. LOL
Magnificent photos, Cindy! And now a pair…and perhaps some eaglets too. How wonderful that our bald eagles are making a strong comeback. Yay! 🙂
Thank you Bette. Losing bald eagles in North America is just not acceptable!
They truly are, just that!
Great pictures. The eagle has landed, all other her creatures, look out!
Exactly, the Queen of the skies is now ruling her kingdom. How cool is that!
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Thank you for supporting our endangered Bald Eagles & cheers to you~
It is such a majestic bird. We have them in the Northwest and it’s a thrill every time I see one. Great photos, Cindy!
I got close to some in Canada and was acting full bore star struck. They are so numerous there that people were looking at me like, “Whats wrong with you? We have them all over the place.”
Ha ha. I was taking pictures of beach grass in Hawaii because I liked the way it looked in the light. A couple teenage boys were making fun of me. Little did they know! 🙂
Yep, one person’s common, is another’s exotic!
The eagle looks so majestic! The attitude being, “I care nobody” ..truly royal… 😀 Great captures as always, Cindy… 🙂
There is a element of both tolerance and disdain, quite Queenly really!
What a fantastic experience! Magnificent bird of prey…lovely baldie!!
She is The Holler Sky Queen! 😉
Beautiful and breathtaking! I’ve seen eagles up close, all of my life, but there is just something about those magnificent raptors…and yes, they are scavengers too!
I have a feeling that the mighty Tyrannosaurus Rex is the original ‘velociraptor,’ LOL – they just kept on getting smaller as the Earth’s climate changed!
I agree with you completely. Birds often remind me of feathered, flying dinosaurs, particularly the herons and egrets. I had a Great Blue Heron at the glass front doors of The Holler. I had no idea it was there, and as I was walkiing by, before my brain could process what it was, the message relayed through my cortez was, “There is a dinosaur at your door!”
Considering the size and habits of this birdie, which stayed here for awhile, that initial assessment still seems right! It sure cleaned out our lizard and snake populations! 😉
Oh, how lovely! I would love to see one. Beautiful photos!
Thank you and I hope you do get to see one. You will never forget it! <3
Incredible!!! I’ve only seen them in Alaska. Lucky you!
I saw two in the sky today. So……. they’re heeeeere!!
WOW! So lucky!!
I love those magnificent birds. I consider it an honor just to be in their presence. This must have been an absolute thrill. Beautifully captured Cindy!!!
Yep, that is exactly how I felt. Thank you for knowing~
Hello to the Holler Eagles from Canadian Eagles. Long Live the Bald Eagle! <3
Lucky you Resa and your Canadian eagles! Who expected to have some in Hollerdom? I used to have to travel towards you to see them. I am pretty jazzed! I am returning to Canada in the fall (of course, I do everyear) to hang out with the grizzlies during the salmon run on the Knight Inlet. I expect to see lots of eagles. I will try hard to act nonchalant (like a Canadian), since I have seen two at The Holler! 😉 😉
Are you going to Churchill to see the Polar Bears? They are now an endangered species, eating garbage from human waste bins. I’m so sad.
You are psychic. We are going this fall to Knight Inlet to stay with the grizzlies. We have been before but not to stay in the Inlet. The following year (2017) we are either going to Churchill or Norway/Iceland to see the polar bears. I am researching and trying to decide now. Our sighting chances are better in Churchill and there are belugas and snowy owls.
It is beyond disgusting what we are doing to the polar bears. We think we can kill off all these species and continue to live. We are too stupid to realize (hello Trump & Palin) that we are also killing ourselves, as they go, so do we. They are the canaries in the cave. Look at our cancer rates and look at our environment and our food.
I just took photos last night of our “cage and cruelty free” local chicken farm smashing the chickens into crates for transport. They were packed in like sardines. About 40% were alive after the smashing, I photographed their eyes looking at me. Considering they are jammed so tightly into their cage free environment that they can’t move BEFORE this transport nightmare, are fed antibiotics, and God knows what else, it is amazing any human who eats this regularly doesn’t contract some chronic disease. If people drove by this like I do, they would be appalled.
WOW A BEAUTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Isn’t she spectacular and healthy looking too!
Wow! How wonderful!!!!
Isn’t she splendid! 🙂
Majestic, Cindy. ^-^ I wonder why humans would kill them.
I just heard people killed a wolf family in the state of Oregon. Human behavior can be quite depressing.
That’s a tragedy. Inexplicable…
So exciting to see an eagle where none have been seen before. Restoration projects have been largely successful, thankfully. The CT river shed near me has seen their numbers increasing. I saw one in a tree last fall behind my house and I was jumping up and down, I was so excited, so I can imagine how you felt! The closest nest that I know of is about 20 miles away. Let’s hope you have a nesting pair there!
Yes, and I saw them in the sky yesterday! Nothing like having them near, when they are so endangered here, to ramp up my protective feelings. It’s good this place is in the boonies.
Is there water nearby? Their preferred diet is fish, but they’ll go for reptiles and small mammals, which I’m pretty sure you have a lot of!
Yes, there is a lake where I think they nest and hang out most of the time and a creek on our property.
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That is a thrilling sighting! And you got great shots!!! Maybe you’ll find the nest too.
Yes! It was such an incredible day. A bird person like you can fully understand how I felt. If they have a nest, I will give it lots of space. They are so very endangered here.
It’s awesome that you saw a bald eagle near where you live. They are such beautiful and impressive birds.
Yes! This is exactly what they are. They exude wildness.
An epic day, indeed!! Cindy, this is fabulous. Thank you for sharing, what a treat!
Thank you for understanding. A thrill like this shared is doubled!
We have a lot of people loving and protecting eagles here in Oregon, Cindy. Here’s a recent one you might like to look at. http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2016/02/public_invited_to_watch_bald_e.html
That is so cool! Another blogger posted a video of people rescuing a drowning eagle. What struck me looking at both of these, was how the eagle didn’t resist and clearly knew the people were helping him. It is so good when people are good, and most are. On that good note, Oregon just killed their famous wolf:
It is so bad when people are not good.
Wow, I do not think of Bald Eagles in California, by why not? We have a breading region about 20 miles from us, in the Trough along the South Fork of the Potomac River (between Moorefield and Romeny, WV). As the region has become populated, they are moving our way. Two flood-control dams/resevoirs near us have been created in the past 15 years. These now have breading pairs of Bald Eagles. We see them pretty regularly now.
As to the Hawks and Eagles, they eat different food sources. Hawks are superb hunters of rodents, as you know, while Eagles tend to go for fish (any year-round streams or ponds in your area?). Also, Eagles will eat dead stuff that Hawks bypass (e.g. road-kill, downed animals, etc.). This is one reason that Ben Franklin preferred the Wild Turkey over the Bald Eagle as our national bird. He had seen enough political-predators eating political-roadkill.
Fascinating info. Thanks much for passing it along. You are fortunate to have so many eagles near you!
Perfect shots! They look effortless.
They pretty much were, and the eagle clearly decided to let me take them which was so very cool!
Thanks, Cindy, for this interesting information. What a huge, beautiful bird. —- Suzanne
I have seen eagles up close before, but I was struck by just how BIG this one was!
Majestic bird! What a lucky day, so happy for you!
Thank you! It was one of those day that make you feel blessed.
Indeed! Look forward to more blessed days 🙂
Ah, Cindy. What a great gift you give us. Thank you.
Thank you so much more for seeing her as a gift. This is exactly how I see her! <3
Beautiful bird, beautiful capture Cindy…thank you so much for sharing. What a magnificent moment it must have been for you!
Yep. It will be one of those top surprise moments that stay in your memory for a lifetime. It was a big deal to me. Thanks for knowing this~ <3
That is a beautiful eagle, Cindy. I have seen them here, but only from a distance. He looks intense, but smiling… 🙂
I love the combination of tolerance (I know you are walking slowly towards me human and I will allow it) and disdain (but now that you have seen me I will never once acknowledge your existance!) Love her!
Exactly what she is! <3
yes for sure!
Those piercing eyes are quite something….glad you got to meet this eagle. We’ve got quite a few bald eagles and a few rarer golden eagles in our county (VA mountains) but I rarely get close enough to them to get the really sharp pics I want.
We have Golden Eagles too, more of them certainly than Bald Eagles. Still I have only seen them a few times in my life. They are all such impressive creatures!
I bet you are thrilled. He/she makes the trees look small.
When I was inching closer and closer, I was thinking, my what a BIG bird you are! I think she is the biggest eagle I have ever seen. Amazing power and size~
What magnificent birds. How exciting that you got to see them.
Plus, she let me get close which was a major thrill!
Beautiful captures, Cindy. I love bald eagles.
Blessings ~ Wendy
It could almost be a mental health test question, something being very wrong with anyone who doesn’t respect an eagle! Laughing…….
What a treat that must have been… We occasionally will get eagles around our place on Hood Canal, and when one is sighted we all flock out to see it. Majestic and beautiful, just as you have captured here. Wishing you a great week ahead Cindy ~
I have friends that live on the canal. It is so beautiful. What a wonderful place to live Randall, with eagles too, perfection!
bonjour CINDY très beau cet aigle
Un détour par chez toi
l’amitié est une bonne confiance
Que l’on partage à deux
Avec une tendresse
Des fous rires
Des écris sur les pages des blogs
Surtout la santé pour faire que notre amitié ne s’efface pas
Belle journée bises et belle semaine
Merci beaucoup mon ami. J’adore le poeme! Je vous souhaite une merveilleuse semaine!
Majestic beauty! Long live these wonderful birds!😊
Maybe he’s on his world tour, catching the sights, hitting the hot spots. Maybe he’s heard of Wile E Coyote and the Roadrunner. If he catches you, you’re through.
I had a dream about the roadrunner last night. I wonder how Freud would interpert this, especially since he wouldn’t know what a roadrunner was! Maybe the eagle will show up at your place next Brenda. Look for number 83~
I will. I saw an eagle in NC once. He didn’t have a tag. Maybe he’s saying: be brave, remember your goals. Freud would just reduce it to sex or incest.
How exciting, Cindy. Congrats on those great photos, and being able to read his number.
Thanks, I was pretty amazed she let me get so close!
Oh cool! There are a few nesting pairs in our area but it’s rare for me to see them. They are amazing.
Amazing is right! They radiate controlled mastery.
Wonderful photos and news Cindy. I’m excited with you! I’ve only seen eagles from a distance. These close ups are fantastic and even better that they are surviving, and blessing your land. 🙂
Thank you Brad. We are such fools to have culled the populations of such magnificient creatures.
Hopefully they are recovering.
Cool! We always enjoy eagle sightings.
Lucky you! They are quite rare for me~
We live at a large lake in Oklahoma in a migration fly way so we see lots of different birds. I don’t have the right kind of lens for my camera to get really good bird photos, but we have some priceless memories.
Oh it sounds magnificent! I would love to see this. Your memories are more important then photographs. <3
What fantastic looking birds they are. I’m glad something is bring done to protect them.
Yes I am too, our national bird could have well been driven to extinction by our carelessness~
This one is beautiful, great photos Cindy.
Thank you very much, it was such a thrilling experience to have her let me get this close!
Thanks Nick! She is one big birdie!
But still so graceful! I wouldn’t dare to annoy it…
Neither would I. I would not like to deal with an annoyed Bald Eagle! 😉
Great shots and interesting to be able to see where this eagle has landed!
She certainly surprised me! Best surprise I have had in a long time.
They are beautiful and regal. A beautiful sight!
Indeed, and it seem they know this! 😉
These are such magnificent birds! We have a bald eagle colony at Jordan Lake, about 20 miles from where I live, There is an observation point from which you can watch them – they are very protected – but the spot is overrun with enthusiastic birders! Great close-ups!
How wonderful! A colony would be incredible to see. I do not want to give any specifics on where this eagle is for just this reason. I don’t want her to be spooked away by people.
I imagine the Holler Hawks don’t like the extra competition. But hey … congrats on the first-time sighting! Great captures!
Thank you, and you’re right about the hawks. They challenge everything in the sky out here including kites, balloons and drones, but challenge eagles? No way! 😉
A W E S O M E!!! My husband has a neglected blog in which he has a photo of an eagle that he took when we lived on the river. The photo was taken from our balcony.
Oh gorgeous! How lucky you two are to have had them so close~
Cindy, you are always so amazing with the beauties you capture! Love it!
She is quite the regal lady isn’t she Wendell. Hope all is well with you my friend~
What gorgeous shots of a magnificent creature. What lens were you using to get such wonderful close-ups?
I was using my SonyHX400 which has an adjustable up to 1200mm equivalent lens, but I was not at full zoom, except for the middle photo which ironically may be the best (most focused).
Interesting. With a tripod too? Right after I read your post I saw that 5 eagles had been spotted in the area you mentioned.
Really? How fabulous. Where did you hear this? And no, no tripod. I had to move towards the eagle slowly. Tripods hang me up too much.
Wow Cindy!! You must have persistence to be able to find a beauty like this. So majestic. I took the grand-girls to the zoo and we were fairly close to a bald eagle and it’s nest. We couldn’t believe how large it was. Thanks for your vivid pictures!!
When you get close to a Bald Eagle you get this sense of contained power and mass. They are big, powerful birds. Magnificent creatures. So glad you saw them up close Rhonda~
Your pictures made them look especially regal Cindy.
I am honored. Thank you & cheers too~
What a great capture Cindy! How exciting 💛
Thank you, it was a pretty great day!
Thank you so much & cheers to you!
Cheers! Have a lovely weekend
Visa versa 2U!
Bald eagle, wow, we have in India, a specie of kite, dwelling upon western coasts of India for sea food being its favourite, its called, brahminy kite
Yes, we have kites too. Beautiful birds and wonderful fliers, so fun to watch! Thanks for stopping by & I love your blog~
Have to wonder why people keep calling them “bald” ??? They’ve got feathers on their heads. I’M GETTIN’ BALD !!! Great pic’s though. 😉 Hugs
Same as Mt. Baldy, used to mean white, but I agree the name doesn’t fit such a majestic creature. <3
Awesome possum! The only thing that Hitch failed to do here was to model the hats, which is truly a shame. He may have lacked the, errrrrr, sexual confidence for that. He certainly does explain, with good reason, why the birds in his movie were so p.o’d with people. I watched every one of these shows several times as a kid. They are SO AWESOME! And “The Birds” was true brilliance! It really gave ravens a bad name, but Poe did that too!
Loved this!! Thank you!
Oh Cindi thiese are all so beautiful.. The Birds.. hehe.. never saw the movie..was that the one.. good old Hitchcock.. he was something else..love your images
Hitch was a genius with quite a sense of humor wasn’t he! Loved all his movies and his tv shows. This was such a classic. I wanted to BE Tippi Hedren!
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Wonderful Cindi.. gee all those beautiful comments.. great work..
Hugs, gratitude and blessings back to you Sherri~ <3
Excellent shots Cindy! You have to love Eagles!
I truely do, and now we have a nesting pair. This is huge for this area!
Such strong and impressive birds!
Yes, they are majestic creatures!
Beautiful eagle protraits. I remember the excitement I felt the first time I saw an eagle near our home on the Chesapeake Bay. I’ll never forget it. And, your captured such beautiful images!
And just the same excitement I bet. We now have a definite pair who I am sighting regularly.
That eagle looks mighty powerful…and majestic!
Yes, I agree, on both counts!
Eagle my heart ❤
Then we share hearts. >3
Love this resource!
Thank you and I am sorry I did not see your comment!
Big Smiles! Thanks sweet Cindy! 👍👍
Cindy, Great photos. I grew up on a farm in Virginia where we had resident eagles. Even as a kid, I was fascinated by them–and seeing them was always an event. One question: how were you able to determine the identification number.
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Eagles are just incredibly thrilling to see, so I fully understand your feelings. I enlarged the photos, saw the number, and googled tagged eagles, and the whole amazing mystery unfolded, including where this eagle hatched and the program that enabled him to live and thrive!
Majestic, thank you.
Thank you for such kind appreciation.
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The eagles and I thank you!