Eaglets and River Otters
Good Morning to everyone!
As an aspiting wildlife photographer, I am constantly in awe of the natural world and wild places.... Even if my subjects are in the back yard, these creatures are wild, free of human needs and always surprise me.
This morning I photographed a Kingfisher, Blue Herons, our favourite Eagle family, and a pack of River Otters. The Otters were foraging and catching multitudes of fish in a morning community hunt. I have never seen such a gathering!
LittleEagle was heard but not seen.. however I did hear that our favourite RT Hawk is wandering farther and farther afield these days...
Hero of the Day... LittleEagle!
What happened this afternoon, you might ask... I missed the action, but 2 local residents hear a blood curdling Eagle scream just after Noon today and rushed outside to see what had happened.
It seems a pair of interloping Eagles had dropped down from the skies with intention to fly into our Sidney Eagle family's air space but was met promptly by the parent pair of Eagles. I am told that 3 separate attacks were made and during this time the young Eaglets came into the nest and surrounding trees absolutely terrified and stayed down shrieking.
Meanwhile as Mom and Dad were defending the nest against this attack, LittleEagle came flying out of one of his usual haunts and prepared to help in the defence. He flew fast and furious with talons extended in full attack mode.
Fortunately the parent Eagles were able to repel the intruders with no casualties and littleEagle did not have to test his weaponry.
This little (Big) Eagle will go down in history as having one of the greatest Eagle Spirits ...
Despite this extreme bravery, just after I shot this photo of him circling overhead in a victory lap, 2 crows appeared out of nowhere and forced him into the thicker trees... sigh.. Dang Crows!
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