In Search of the Bald Eagles Nest

February 23, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

Even though we were expecting some rain today with an approaching front, I drove 60 miles north to find a Bald Eagles nest that I came across online. At one point I was driving through rain and thought to myself that maybe I should just turn around and go back home. Instead, I kept going. As I was pulling into the park, my transmission on my Ford Escape failed. My morning plans came to a screeching halt. As you can see, the weather turned out to be just fine. I waited for a tow truck in 80 degree weather for nearly 90 minutes. Due to Covid, I couldn't ride with the tow truck driver, so my husband had to leave work and drive an hour north to come get me.

While I was waiting for the tow truck, I walked a short path around the lake and found this female Anhinga drying her wings. Way out in the middle of the water was an island with a ton of nesting birds. You can make out the Great Blue Heron at the top of the tree and many Anhinga nests dotted all over.

The good news is that my husband said that since we were already there, we should go look for the nest together. We hiked a path in the heat, which led us nowhere. I finally realized that the nest was not within the park boundary. We did eventually find it, but my lens doesn't reach as far as I needed. Nonetheless, we saw 2 of the 3 Eaglets moving about. They look like little dinosaurs. We never saw the Eagle parents, so I'm going to have to go back once my car is repaired. I have never photographed a Bald Eagle, so I am definitely in need of a do-over. 

Apparently, I need a rebuilt transmission (and I need a job). The timing of this is really not ideal. No gallery links provided this time. Thanks for reading the blog.


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