Just Another Bald Eagle…

July 12th, 2010

This morning when I woke up, my wife and I noticed that several dozen bald eagles were outside of our place on the algae flats exposed by the low tide. Several times a day, as the tide comes and goes, a rather large area of land sinks and rises from the water line, which leaves several tidal pools that the birds are interested in. Up until this morning, the most eagles that congregating here was about 5 or 6, but the salmon migration should start very soon, so we surmised that they may have sensed this and were waiting at the creek that flows into the channel here.

Bald Eagle, Juneau, AK

Regardless of there motives, I threw on my boots and headed out the door to try and get close enough to photograph the eagles. I took a wide swinging cautious approach so I wouldn’t startle the birds, and eventually got within 50 feet of this particular eagle. I love the mist in the background, and the brown macroalgae underneath this log. Shortly after taking this photograph, I was navigating the algae and found a particularly soft spot, which left me calf-deep in the mud. Eventually, after removing my boot, I managed to free myself and my footwear, but the birds had flown another 100 feet down the beach. It was time for my morning coffee anyways!

4 Responses to “Just Another Bald Eagle…”

  1. Peter E Says:

    What a shot! Eagles truly are majestic birds. They’re also much less rare than they used to be. I see many near the lakes where I live, but never have I gotten as close to one as in your picture!

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  3. Alli Says:

    I think that shot was worth the mud! I love how you can see the detail of its feathers. It’s so neat to see them up close, I always forget how big they really are!

  4. guitarfish Says:

    Thanks guys! I definitely enjoyed watching them while up in Alaska. Although, this week, I’ve noticed a few eagles (not bald eagles though) flying overhead on my afternoon commute. Nice to see!