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King Of The River! February 25, 2011

Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature.
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We have a Resident Eagle who makes regular appearances circling our yard, and is a frequent sight cruising along the Deerfield as we drive into town.  It’s appearance is usually fleeting, and I seldom get a chance to break out my camera.  I’ve gotten in the habit, though, of driving with Gizmo set up on a tripod in the passenger seat… “just in case,” you know.

Well, yesterday I got lucky – our Eagle had landed, and even though it wasn’t close enough for a real “keeper shot,” it was across the river from a place where I could pull over without stopping in the travel lane (not always the case on Route 2.)

So, of course, I did just that, and got off this shot:

It was pretty heavily screened by brush and branches at roadside, but thanks to the magic of a large aperture, I dissapeared ’em!

I wanted to wait for this magnificent bird to take flight, but alas, I had an appointment to keep, and miles to go before I could sleep.

So I hit the road reluctantly, determined to keep an eye out in the days ahead.

On The Ride Home. April 22, 2010

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Took the slightly longer way home today, down along the Deerfield river, looking for flowering trees at the river’s edge.  Instead I found a young bald eagle rending a rainbow trout up in a big oak tree:

I was screened from it by enough branches to be able to watch it for a while without spooking it.  Unfortunately they also obscured the eagle, but hey, I tried!

Thanks to Gizmo for this one, propped up as he was in my driver’s side seat.

Our National Bird. January 9, 2010

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They’re big, they’re bold, they’re beautiful.

And they seldom settle down, so I felt lucky to snag this one with my point-and-shoot:

Above the Deerfield river in Charlemont.

Long may they live.