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Bald Eagles at their evening roost.


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Eurasion Sparrowhawk - Accipiter nisus - After Lunch

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This is a female and the victim was a wood pigeon. Taken in our garden through a small gap (very slowly and carefully slid open) in the patio doors.
 
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ran across these two today 1/19/21
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Is that treeful all bald eagles, Harvey? We don't tend to see our large raptor species in groups like this in Australia.
I could answer that is a yes. I have witnessed the same from other location. I also have seen someone posted on FB (Loess Bluff official page) for something like 60+ all together.

Well, I thought I include my own picture here. The one posted on FB from that official page has way more eagles on the tree...

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Is that treeful all bald eagles, Harvey? We don't tend to see our large raptor species in groups like this in Australia.
Yes, all bald eagles. You can’t see the color of the heads due to the backlight, but many are juveniles. I have seen 34 at this location in years past.

That is a fantastic find Harvey. There must be river close by where they could go finishing.
That is what the bird books would have you believe. There used to be an ephemeral lake here, but it has been dry for 25 or more years. The bald eagles migrate to here in the winter, but our valley has no bodies of water where the eagles fish. They live off of a diet of mostly rabbits. We do have some that nest here, including a nest that has been used for the last 35 years.

Years ago I was at a local lake that was almost entirely frozen over. There was a patch of open water that was maybe 10 yards wide, and 20 yards long. The water was filled with mallards and coots swimming around and keeping the ice from freezing. Along the edges were 30 to 40 bald eagles, just waiting for an opportunity. I’m sure the water fowl were very nervous.
 

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Yes, all bald eagles. You can’t see the color of the heads due to the backlight, but many are juveniles. I have seen 34 at this location in years past.



That is what the bird books would have you believe. There used to be an ephemeral lake here, but it has been dry for 25 or more years. The bald eagles migrate to here in the winter, but our valley has no bodies of water where the eagles fish. They live off of a diet of mostly rabbits. We do have some that nest here, including a nest that has been used for the last 35 years.

Years ago I was at a local lake that was almost entirely frozen over. There was a patch of open water that was maybe 10 yards wide, and 20 yards long. The water was filled with mallards and coots swimming around and keeping the ice from freezing. Along the edges were 30 to 40 bald eagles, just waiting for an opportunity. I’m sure the water fowl were very nervous.
I see and notice the same about eagles being very opportunistic animal. At Loess Bluff refuge where I went, the eagles don't fish much either. They harassed waterfowls (there were at some point almost a millions). Those that injured or died then became easy meal for them.
 
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I see and notice the same about eagles being very opportunistic animal. At Loess Bluff refuge where I went, the eagles don't fish much either. They harassed waterfowls (there were at some point almost a millions). Those that injured or died then became easy meal for them.
Ben Franklin was opposed to the baldy being the national bird, because he viewed them as just scavengers. Most of the top predators are also scavengers, conservation of energy is very important for survival in difficult times.
 

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