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Noted in Passing: Right Now in the Life of a Bald Eagle

NEFL Cam 1 – Live Bald Eagle Cam

At 5:22 Pacific this nest in Florida held one Bald Eagle sleeping head tucked under wings in a cold and blustering wind.

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  • Alex January 27, 2022, 6:34 PM

    Thanks for that link, I’ll be monitoring it along with this eagle cam in Big Bear, California

  • gwbnyc January 27, 2022, 7:17 PM

    fine link.

    -stopped at the southern boundary of the Great Dismal Swamp on a grey winter morning and was treated to a bald eagle perched in tree along with the wake of a beaver heading towards his lodge. The surface was partially iced and there was a scattering of snow present. Reeds, pines, cypress, oak bearing mistletoe rose from water and low ground.

    It was quiet, cold, cogent.

    Took fotos, now lost.

  • Rob De Witt January 27, 2022, 7:23 PM

    Keepin them babies warm – see that chick peepin out from under?

    Always have loved raptors, especially big hawks and eagles – alone, unafraid, unashamed. I lived for years in cities, San Antonio and Chicago and San Francisco and Oakland, until I finally started to get out to a place in the Oakland Hills in ’89. It was just below Skyline Drive, which is the line along the top of the hills you see looking East from the city or the Gate Bridge, beyond which is only down, into the valley through the tunnel of the East Bay.

    I’ve always been a walker/hiker, and I started up the hill even before I got unpacked. Past Skyline I walked East into the woods to where I was standing on the edge facing America, behind me downhill all the way to Japan. For what seemed like the first time in years I got quiet, quiet enough that the little critters started coming out and getting surprised to see a human in their neighborhood.

    And then I heard a whoomp of wings and looked up to see a golden eagle approximately the size of a 747, stepping out of a nest right over my head about 20 feet up.

    A few years later I saw Baldies in Alaska on a cruise ship gig, in Sitka where they’re as common as starlings. Massive and impressive, but nothing will ever compare with stepping into that Golden’s back yard unexpectedly.

    • Terry January 28, 2022, 7:41 AM

      Rob, I know that area around Skyline Drive well. I dated a girl who was a member of the first class after Skyline High School was opened. You could walk around in those woods and get lost and forget you were in the center of a metropolitan mass. This was in the early sixties. The area may be a drug user camping area now.

      I had to make the drive from the town of Sonora in the Sierra foothills (100+miles) but the trip was worth it.

  • Terry January 28, 2022, 7:25 AM

    Currently there are dozens of Bald Eagles perched in trees watching for the cows to drop their calves. Bald and Golden Eagles eat the after birth. I live a couple miles from the convergence of the Lemhi and Salmon rivers in Idaho.

    Nice morning today, mainly clear skies and -11 deg F. Great weather for birds of prey watching.

  • downeasthillbilly January 28, 2022, 8:23 AM

    Love the Dismal-Matamuskeet area. Bald eagles, ospreys, marsh hawks. The best place I’ve seen for baldies was the Snake River canyon. They sit in the treetops, but from the road above the canyon, they look like they’re sitting in bushes right on the side of the road.

    • gwbnyc January 28, 2022, 8:47 AM

      have property near there.
      heard noise in the barn at dusk, went up the stairs to the loft and a hawk, lightbluish-grey, was trying to get out through a closed window. I tried to open it, the hawk was about two feet away and above beating its wings. I had maybe forty seconds of watching at that distance- it was beautiful. it finally glided down into the eaves and I got the window open. gone in the morning.

      had a chamois cloth on a nail, dried as they do. looked close and there was a tiny bird nestled in the folds asleep. had a long look then got the wife so she could see. walked away. gone in the morning.