We went to our normal spot on Paynes prairie to continue to hope to see bison (still have not seen them) and wild horses (still have not seen them) but we DO see something spectacular every time we go. The deer are gorgeous. Yet today there were none. We were blessed with something new…bald eagles!!!!
Wow! All I can say is WOW. The mother and father came in and out to feed the young. One of the young birds was outside of the nest on a branch until the mother or father came and then flew crawled back into the nest for food. Watching them, listening to them…I felt so privileged! I leaned back against my husband and he held my arms so that I could try to take pictures. I ended up laying on the ground on my back because I just couldn’t hold my arms up anymore. Laying there on the ground looking up at the moss blowing and the massive nest and the bird sounds was amazing. I will attack pictures here and the video for my friend who cannot see so she can hear the sounds they were making.
When we first got there the prairie is always a sight.
Then THE nest! As you look at the nest, if you look over to the right you will see one of the babies, or adolescents sitting on the branch. The nest was so high which is why lying down was just the easiest way to see them. The young bald eagles coloring changes but not until they get older which is why they are more brown and have different markings in these photos
Here you can see the mother’s white fanned out tail flying into the nest. It is blended in pretty well with all of the moss. She is at the top of the picture and her baby is out on the branch still but he quickly moved into the nest.
Here I way laying under both of the eagles. You can see the one’s white head and white tail feathers. I was laying amongst lots of bones and feathers and also lots of poop was falling!!!! But what a view right!!!!! ( I am aware it is against the law to take an eagle feather but nothing says I cannot take a picture of one!)
After we left the eagles we took a look at the lake on the prairie and my husband saw these two, the lizard and dragon fly, he has quite the eye, and then the water was glistening too beautifully to not take a picture of that too.