Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Bald Eagles, March 8, 2017

Wild Bird Wednesday, Wednesday Around The World, and Good Fences

Shiloh, Tennessee, USA, March 6, 2017
Skies were threatening rain when we went to Shiloh National Military Park last Monday. Each year a pair of Bald Eagles nest in this tall pine tree near the Tennessee River. They began nesting late in January this year. I hope that in a month or two I will be able get photos of the young eaglets. A fence keeps people from getting too close.

At first I could see only a head above the side of the nest. Then I walked around to the other side of the tree for a better view.

Magnificent birds! So handsome! You can see just a glimpse of the other Eagle sitting on the nest. The parent birds take turns on the nest while the other one brings food (a fish from the river). I do not know which one is which.

Bald Eagles, Haliaeetus leucocephalus, are misnamed; their Latin name, leucocephalus, means white-headed. They are fish eaters, and can grab fish from the water with their strong talons. Sometimes they steal fish from smaller birds such as Ospreys. They are the national bird of the United States, protected by law, and can be seen over much of North America.

And for Good Fences Around The World:
Eagle Nesting Area. Closed to all entry.

Have a wonderful day!

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17 comments:

  1. Hello Lea, awesome shots of the eagle on the nest. I love the second photo.
    Enjoy your day!

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  2. These are fab photos of majestic birds. I look forward to seeing photos of the eaglets!

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  3. ...what a wonderful sight.

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  4. What wonderful photos! We only occasionally see Bald Eagles here. Lucky you!

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  5. Quelle chance de pouvoir observer ces aigles ;-)
    Céline & Philippe

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  6. They can be seen over much of the U.S. thanks to the banning of DDT and the implementation of the Endangered Species Act. If not for those two acts, they were headed for extinction fifty years ago.

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    1. The Eagles have made a remarkable comeback - an Endangered Species Act success story!
      Thanks for your comment. Have a great day!

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  7. Great to see them actually nesting!

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  8. How fun to be able to see and photograph them. I've not seen any around us. Great photos.

    Peabea@Peabea Scribbles

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  9. How wonderful to see and photograph the Eagle

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  10. How I'd love to see an eagle in the wild again. The last time we saw 'em was when we lived in the mountains; in Colorado.

    Stunning series Lea.

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    1. I am surprised that you have not seen Eagles where you live. Are you on the Gulf Coast of Texas? Or am I mistaken about where you live?
      Here is a website I found about Eagles on the Texas coast.
      http://roundtop.com/round-top-texas-bald-eagle/
      Maybe it will help
      Hope you are having a great week!
      Lea

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  11. Oh wow! So cool! Thanks for sharing! Have a great weekend!

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  12. Love you pictures. I am praying that the Endangered Species Act is not dismantled during the next four years.

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  13. Oh, you are so blessed to get to see eagles on a nest, in real life!

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  14. Glad to see they are protected. I would love to see them nesting.

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