Tuesday, November 30, 2010

An Eagle By Any Other Name...

A beautiful winter day and I'm working on the sequel to Broken But Not Dead. In my neighbour's tree a pair of golden eagles sit waiting for their elusive fish. In the nineteen years we've lived on this lake, this is my first pair. They're indigenous to the north, but generally not on Cluculz Lake. The first time I saw one (last week) I thought it was a young bald eagle. I've tried capturing them on film, but no luck; they're out of range so fast. This is the problem with having my desk facing the window -- Way too many distractions. I'm smiling while I type that.

I gave up trying to snap a picture of my eagles and so these fellows are courtesy of Wiki. The one in the middle is a young bald eagle. At a distance, you can see how I'd make a mistake. Okay--I need glasses.




 Instead here's a photo of the lake. Notice no ice? Remember, you have until midnight Nov. 30th to enter the contest.


A bald eagle just flew by. Wonder if he and the golden eagles are friends? Somehow I doubt it.

3:00 PST November 28th, 2010

29 comments :

  1. Fascinating post, do envy your view. You have no ice, it's all over here! Hugs...

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  2. OMG, Carole. I just thought of something. What if the lake doesn't freeze over this winter? I have the ice contest going on. Doesn't mean I have to send EVERYONE who guessed a book, right!

    LOL. Could you please send ice?

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  3. I don't think I've ever seen a Golden Eagle before. They sure are beautiful!

    I'll never forget when I was driving over a bridge a few miles from my house. I looked sideways and there was a bald eagle cruising along right at eye level. Just stunning and gorgeous. :)

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  4. I know exactly how you feel. I was standing at the window, he flew by and looked directly at me. We made eye contact and every hair on my head stood up. It was magnificent. Took my breath away.

    Thanks for stopping by, Janel. Bet to tell you to keep your husband. LOL Any man who can find a shoe store that impression is worth his weight in gold!

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  5. Interesting that you are writing a sequel. Many people have asked me if I was going to continue the Burbudges story. It seems like a good question. Am I?

    Love the photos. I'm wondering what caused the smell round rainbow in the middle of the lake.

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  6. Hi Laura. I didn't know I was writing a sequel until I realized I couldn't get one of the characters from Broken But Not Dead out of my head. It was while she took up residence in my mind that i realized she had a story to tell. Fascinating how the brain works, eh?

    The small round rainbow... I never even noticed. I wonder if it's because the camera lens was warm before I went outside? I was downloaded pics of the eagles, but none of them were close enough to keep.

    So... are you?

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  7. If those two around the bald eagle are golden eagles, they look very dark compared to ours. We have golden and bald eagles too, because they seem to like it around the Susquehanna River hills. I know if you keep trying you'll get a good shot; sometimes it takes a while for time and your camera to bring it to you.
    Sheffe

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  8. Hi Shethra. Mine golden eagles aren't that dark either. Today if I hadn't been working, I would have grabbed my parka and a lawn chair and sat outside on the deck until I got that perfect shot. They must have gone by a dozen times. It was incredible.

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  9. I was 50 before I saw my 1st eagle. There were 2 nesting along the St Johns River in Jacksonville, a decent sized city. I'm told that in the woods (jungle) behind our house there are a number of them living there since it's so close to the water.

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  10. Weather aside, we're living in a beautiful place. I can't remember ever not seeing eagles. I do remember my first deer, moose, and bear. But eagles have always seemed to be there. Yet, I see one, he looks at me, and I still get goosebumps.

    I have to say that in the 18+ years we've been here, I've never seen so many. I'm not sure if I'm seeing the same ones, but an eagle goes by my window at least 8 times a day. Sometimes over a dozen soar past. It's a very spiritual happening.

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  11. The eagles are beautiful. I'm a bird lover, but we don't have eagles in our area.

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  12. Hi Bev. I bought my DH a bird book when we first moved here so we could identify the different species. Mostly we see geese, eagles, loons, grosbeaks, bluebirds, and of course swallows and sparrows. Occasionally there are kingfishers, fish-hawks, sandpipers, trumpeter swans and -- I better stop. I just remembered there are also several species of ducks and woodpeckers. It's a birdwatchers paradise.

    Thanks for stopping by, Bev.

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  13. Beautiful photos of the eagles. In my yard there used to be a eagles nest and yes, there were babies. It was so fascinating to watch them. I don't know what happenned to those eagles because one day they all just disappeared.

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  14. Lovely, Joylene - and the lake is breathtaking.
    My parents live in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains. While we ate Thanksgiving dinner, my nephew spotted 3 bobcats playing in the back yard. Such a special treat.

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  15. Choices, leaving their nest is unusual. They don't generally leave. There was a huge next on the creek, probably 9' diametre. When the windstorm blew down the tree, the pair nested in the same area. They must have found a better hunting ground.

    Judy, I had a bobcat in my background. DH thinks it was tracking a moose and her calf. Lastnight we had a beautiful black tail fox. He drove my dog Bandit nuts most of the night. Did I sleep? Duh. LOL.

    I love seeing the look on my grandchildren's faces when they spot wildlife. Oh, an eagle just soared by. And the sun's not even up yet.

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  16. I've never seen an eagle, outside of captivity, that is. How surreal it must be to see one in its natural habitat!

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  17. Carol, I've been watching them fly past my window for 19 years and I still get tingling all over every single time. It's like a spiritual awakening.

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  18. How wonderful to be seeing the eagles regularly! I've only ever had one here... a bald eagle. I blogged about it when it happened back in April 2009 because his flight past my window in the restricted area of our back yard was so startling and spectacular (http://wp.me/phaYw-a0) Of course, I didn't get a picture either. I see bald eagles around the Fraser Valley fairly often, but not here at our place and not the golden eagles. We are blessed by the access to so much natural beauty in this country!

    And no ice? Guess my second guess can be discarded. Oh, well. :)

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  19. Hi Joylene .. love the pictures .. and the lake without its ice.

    It's great seeing birds we don't expect to see around our locality.

    I love eagles .. the Fish Eagle in Africa always enticed me in ..

    Have a good week .. looking out of your window - must be stunning at times .. enjoy - Hilary

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  20. Carol, the wind howled all night and no snow. Not unusual except it snowed everywhere else: Prince, the Fort, Hart Hwy. I'm not sure what the heck is going on. I've asked a few longtime residence when they thing the lake will freeze and everybody just shrugs. LOL. Guess Christmas isn't an outrageous guess after all.

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  21. Hilary, hi. You should make a guess. I'm going to try and snap a picture of the eagles today--as soon as the wind dies down.

    Carol -- you have until midnight to make another guess.

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  22. Hi Joylene .. I'm sure I have - I said the 8th December .. and at that stage it looked like it could be 20 November .. now it's so melted - who knows .. Cheers Hilary

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  23. Sorry, Hilary. My eyes don't work as well as they used to. LOL. Although, it was Dec. 5th that you stated. Do you want me to change it to the 8th? Not a problem. The contest is open until midnight tonight.

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  24. Hi Joylene

    Thanks .. why not change it to the 8th .. cheers - more time for it to freeze up - cheers H

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  25. Thanks for the pictures of the eagles. We're 8 miles from Lake George. Because it's fed by springs, there are some places where it's never reliably frozen even when it seems to be.

    We had a pair of eagles of some kind in early summer. This pair stayed for a while flying together and calling, which I read some pairs of eagles will do to announce their territory.

    I assumed they were young bald eagles because of their coloring and I know there are some in the area, but I wondered if they would be paired up before they had their distinctive feathering in place. Your pictures make me wonder if they were golden eagles. There aren't too many of them around Lake George.

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  26. Hi Mary Anne. Now that I'm seeing golden eagles so often I'm wondering if I too was seeing young bald eagles or goldens all along. They quite a bit bigger than the bald. The ones outside my window look to have a wingspan of more than 6'. The bald eagles seem to be more loners and don't usually come this close to my house.

    Thanks for stopping by, Mary.

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  27. Hi Joylene,
    I find it fascinating to know that you have been seeing golden eagles flying around where you live.
    I've never seen an eagle where I live in England. I think that would be rather a surprise.
    And yes indeed, it is bitterly cold, icy and we are experiencing a snowy blizzard, as I type this.
    Have a peaceful day, Joylene.
    Kind wishes, Gary :-)

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  28. Gary, it is so unusual to see them that I've been out most of the morning, bundled to the nines trying to get a good photograph. I'll post what I have tonight, but that elusive pic still evades me. Darn.

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