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Thread subject: Its Gettin Hot....
||12/27/06 07:43 pm
||at Lisas Eagle nest of late. *wink*
I just looked through the 7 pages of contributed Eagle pix and if I smoked I`d need one now :)
My fav pictures are the ones where it looks like one bird is resting its beak against the other bird.Its very touching.
Its all cutsie cuddlie till they eat a wittle duck in front of the cam :)
The cam looks good Lisa. As you`re looking down into the nest theres a branch that shoots off to the left that looks like it might be a great perch when the juvs are ready.
||12/27/06 09:04 pm
I'm feeling like a lucky lady (knock on wood). Our new PC is working, the horrible electrical interference is gone, the camera mount is steady, and the birds are in love! :-)
The eagles definitely look like they mean business. Lots of nest repair and eagle bonding going on. Looks very good.
But yes, the warm fuzzies disappear when they rip apart a fish or ducky and leave its innards all over the nest -- then suddenly you're reminded that they're powerful raptors. haha
But hey, eagles gotta eat. ;-)
||12/28/06 02:20 am
||Now if we were watching a show about Ducks we would be upset at the Eagle for eating that cute duck or rabbit. It's like going to a resturant and listening to the waiter discribe the Specials of the Day, only to be stepped on by Godzilla. :'-(
||12/28/06 08:14 am
||The one upside is that often the eagles take sick or old ducks. Healthy ducks normally stick together as a group when they see the eagle approach. But sometimes sick, slow or older ducks will not stay with the group and will get isolated. Often these are the ducks the eagles take, since they are vulnerable.
Also eagles sometimes take ducks that have been wounded but not killed by hunters. But of course that introduces the dangerous issue of eagles getting poisoned by lead shot.
||12/28/06 01:08 pm
||Hi--Just stopped in for a moment, and a belated Merry Christmas to all and a happy New Year coming up. Speaking of eagles, did you all see the eagle carrying a fish that flew through Central Park, catching both Pale Male and Lincoln's attention? Washington Post article here, and more eagle pics are on yesterday's PaleMale and Lola site. I am working on my house, but my daughter who lives here in Santa Rosa gave me the David Attenborough DVD on the life of birds, so now I will get to see those bower birds again whenever I feel like it.
WAPO also hadthis article about parrots in Brooklyn this morning. Interesting.
Best to you all,
|Vicki in S. CA.
||12/28/06 04:53 pm
||Marty, loved the Bald Eagle in New York stuff. Also note your many entries at PP Commentator site. The lions working on the Cape Buffalo carcass for two days at Africam was fantastic, wasn't it?
||12/28/06 06:59 pm
||Just looked at the Wash Post article on the eagle and its ironic I was at CP between about Noon and 2pm. Got off subway at 86th and worked way south to Wollman Ice Rink (aka Trump everything park) at 14th & 60th. My head is almost always tilted up looking for whatever might be flying overhead plus I love to look at the black squirrels. I've never seen Pale Male on 6-7 visits over the last few years, timing is everything I guess. It was still a beautiful day to roam the Park and dodge the tourists. I'd probably pass out w/excitement if I saw a Bald Eagle fly over. All have a great New Year's.
||12/29/06 02:16 am
||That had to be exciting seeing a Bald Eagle flying over head, and with "The Catch of the Day" Lincoln was in the right place and at the right time. I guess that's why he has so many beautiful photos.
Lisa, I remember several years ago there was an injured Canadian Goose with no foot and had it's toung hanging out of it's mouth. It was so pathetic watching him all alone in the lake, when there were about 20 others at the other end. He hung around for a week or two, but we knew it wasn't going to last for long.Then one day while playing golf, we saw feathers scattered around and knew his suffering had ended, :-(
Wishing you all a Very Happy, Healthy, Safe, and Loving New Year!
||12/29/06 07:15 am
||That's a good point, Madeline -- sometimes the predation is a good thing if it puts sick or suffering animals out of their misery. Sounds like the goose was having a very rough time.