For many, Sunday is a day to sleep late without the blare of an atrocious alarm clock. And a mug of coffee, the Sunday paper, and PJs are bliss for some. But for us, it’s a quiet, leisurely bike ride around the island. The operative word being quiet. And on our most recent Sunday ride, the early hour and tranquility rewarded us with a birdwatching bonus – an adult and juvenile bald eagle perched by the marsh.
The dark colored juvenile sat on a boardwalk, and given its size and color, I assumed it was a vulture. My peripheral vision caught movement in a tree about 30 yards away, and to my surprise, it was an adult bald eagle.
Bald eagles are rare here, and in my year on the Island, I’ve only seen one other. Interestingly, the other “close encounter” was on the same marsh-side street, so I suspect the eagle’s nest is close by. Most people know that the bald eagle is the official emblem of the United States, but you may not know:
- They are hunter/scavengers that live along the coast as well as by major lakes and rivers.
- The male and female look similar, but the female is slightly larger.
- Once paired, they remain together for life.
- Even though they are primarily fish eaters, they’ll take ducks, birds, or whatever prey is available and easiest to obtain.
- And their majestic appearance doesn’t make them great hunters – being successful in only 1 of 18 attempts.
P.S. These photos were only possibly because I happened to have my whizzy new travel zoom camera with me, and it did an excellent job.