Saturday, January 7, 2012

Raptor wings

There had to have been a couple dozen bald eagles of various ages at the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge today. The tide was coming in, so there were fewer eagles fishing and more harassing the Canada geese and gulls. One juvenile looked like it was going to take on a full-grown goose. The goose was not amused and the juvenile clearly misjudged his hunting abilities.

Everywhere we looked there were bald eagles. Many looked like they were settling in for a night's roost. Some were stretching and preening, most were in the company of other eagles, like the pair above with three juveniles. I wondered if they were the couple's kids. I know the nesting pair in our neighborhood often soar in formation with two or more juveniles.

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