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Bald Eagle

Haliaeetus leucocephalus

Notes:

We were at a large lake with bluffs on either side...these two juvenile Bald Eagles danced in the air right above us! We watched their playful flight for about 10 minutes and they never separated! It was magical! They were far above us though, and even with a 270 lens, they're not very clear...I've cropped them very close. Their silhouettes are very striking though!

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38 Comments (1–25)

ChristyHolland
ChristyHolland 8 years ago

Wow! You're right Adam!! I never looked at it like that...hmmm...maybe I'll play with photoshop... ;-)

Thanks, David...belatedly!

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 8 years ago

Great observation, AdamBrown!

AdamBrown
AdamBrown 8 years ago

cool....that first photo looks a little like an M.C. Escher drawing...the space between the eagles sort of looks like an eagle flying the other way.

DavidMroczkowski
DavidMroczkowski 8 years ago

beautiful

ChristyHolland
ChristyHolland 8 years ago

Thanks, Kat...yes I agree...I do try to take my camera with me all the time...Seems like more of my photos are taken by me pulling to the side of the road when something catches my eye!! ;-)

ChristyHolland
ChristyHolland 8 years ago

Thanks, Liam...no worries at all!! Just glad the ID is correct - a little disgusted at my blunder! ;-) It doesn't make the sighting any less spectacular for me!! Sibs having fun...I can handle that!!

Liam
Liam 8 years ago

Sorry, Christy, I really hate raining on your parade. :(
But yes, I think these are most likely siblings, first years.

KatCuff
KatCuff 8 years ago

Spottings like this are why you never leave home without a camera! How wonderful!

ChristyHolland
ChristyHolland 8 years ago

Thank you, Lori, it was amazing!

ChristyHolland
ChristyHolland 8 years ago

Arrgh!! Liam, I don't doubt you for a second!! These guys were so far away, and I had to crop them a lot...and they seemed to be doing courtship flights!! I was so surprised to see Golden's there instead of Bald's! I've gotten baby bald's wrong before...I tried arguing with you!! ;-) I work up close and personal with the raptors...at a rehab facility and I'm within a dozen feet of them...then they're easy to ID!! I very rarely see them flying (or perched in a tree!!). Since they're so dark, probably first years?? And maybe they were siblings playing?? I guess we'll never know!! Thanks...I'll change it...and the story!! Good to know they WERE bald's...where they should be...next to a big lake!! (don't hesitate to ever correct me!!) (and I should know my eagle plumage!!!) ;-)

LoriCrowderNewman
LoriCrowderNewman 8 years ago

Wow, what a site that must have been!

Liam
Liam 8 years ago

Also, I should add, Golden Eagles show golden napes in all plumages.

Liam
Liam 8 years ago

Christy, I know you work with raptors a lot and have lots of experience, but are you sure these are Golden Eagles? They look like juvenile Bald Eagles to me based on the white axillaries and the honking bills (see photo 5).

ChristyHolland
ChristyHolland 8 years ago

;-)

zulkifly
zulkifly 8 years ago

aye.. try playing The Whole New World
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kl4hJ4j4...

its magical

ChristyHolland
ChristyHolland 8 years ago

Disney....that's a good one! Thanks zulklfly! I wish I had enough of these to do a flip book!!! ;-)

zulkifly
zulkifly 8 years ago

love is in the air... its beatiful...
i imagine disney theme song playing with this scenes

ChristyHolland
ChristyHolland 8 years ago

Thanks Karen and bjohnson!

bjohnson
bjohnson 8 years ago

Great series - amazing

KarenL
KarenL 8 years ago

Great shots Christy!

ChristyHolland
ChristyHolland 8 years ago

Thanks Satyen!

Wild Things
Wild Things 8 years ago

Amazing action shots!

ChristyHolland
ChristyHolland 8 years ago

Thanks, Bill...it was beautiful...I can see where we get our inspiration to fly!

BillHeng
BillHeng 8 years ago

This is a really cool series! Looks like synchronized flight performance..good shots! :0)

ChristyHolland
ChristyHolland 8 years ago

Arrrgh...ya, I could...that would mean a new webpage and new password...I'll think about it! ;-)

ChristyHolland
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ChristyHolland

Lake City, Minnesota, USA

Spotted on Mar 24, 2012
Submitted on Mar 25, 2012

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