As an equine veterinarian, I sometimes did still photography to help diagnose lameness problems.
But, Doc, why didn’t you use video since the problem was one of movement, you ask.
The bald eagle shown here, the wing beat captured in 2 cycles, is the reason for the stills …
I can see the stretch of the body and the pull of the wings on this healthy eagle.
In a video I would have to stop the movie, hoping to catch the moment of a problem.
With the stills I could more easily see the changes in a horse’s gait.
Or, if this eagle were in flight trouble, I could better see where in the cycle the problem occurred.
First Bald Eagle Sighting
A walker came to the dam this morning with her two dogs.
She asked what I and my friend were trying to photograph.
I replied that I would photograph any thing that caught my eye, including bald eagles.
She smiled and said she would like to see a bald eagle because she had never seen one.
As we talked, I glanced up, and yes, the eagle below came flying over us.
I swung my camera toward the eagle and told the lady to look.
There was a long silence as the realization of what she had seen took hold.
The dear lady agreed with me when I said we had all just been blessed.
Being Small Doesn’t Matter
The fledgling bald eagle crossed into what the parent eastern kingbird considered to be his territory.
Dad kingbird emphatically escorted the eagle fledgling away from the nest tree and out across the cove.
2019 Bald Eagle Fledgling Summary for Jordan Lake
There were 13 bald eagle nests that produced 22 fledglings for 2019.
Here is a summary of the 3 nests that I monitored.
Bald eagle chicks are hatched with their arrogance and aggression present from the moment of breaking out of the shell.
These are the 2 fledglings from the H&G nest. Siblings.
They fought for dominance in the nest, and even though they only began flying 3 weeks ago, the desire for dominance is on display.
Upside down. Inside out. All over the sky they flew and practiced the skills they would need in 5 years in order to win a mate.
Ranger Cove Nest
The bald eagle fledgling has been practicing his landings, a lot.
I watched as he came up out of the reeds and headed for a tree.
There was assurance and precision as the youngster stuck his landing.
And the bald eagle arrogance was on display too!