Okay, Okay, it is a bit far away. But, the eagle was quite high and the lens out at full zoom. It’s the best I could do with what I had at hand.
I know, I know, Bald Eagles are supposed to have a white head and tail. You’re right, adult eagles do. But, it can take about four years to acquire those features, the white head and tail. This eagle, the eagle in the photos, is only about two years old.
We don’t see many of these birds here at the Museum, but they’re not rare in these parts. We here in Durham live between two large reservoirs, Falls Lake to the northeast, and Jordan Lake to the southwest. Bald Eagles can be found at both lakes all year long. They both nest and winter at those lakes. I’ve had ten eagles within the same field of view at once at Jordan Lake in winter, of various ages. So, if you want to see eagles, they’re not far away. You have your choice of two lakes at which to see them (you might run into one at Lake Crabtree too).
With eagles nesting and wintering nearby, it’s no wonder that we occasionally see them fly over our airspace. However, there are a couple of very important requirements to seeing eagles here at the Museum, you have to be outside and you have to be looking up when they fly over.
Your best chances of seeing one here are in the spring or fall.
I happen to be outside everyday, when I’m not looking down, I’m looking up. And on chill, windy days in the fall, I look up often.
Till next time…