This is the eagle that was feasting on a dead octopus last week. We had to walk by to get home. We tried not to spook her, but she flew out to land on a rock just out from shore. Her wings look like the waves and the waves like her wings.
On Sunday I go on a long hike with my visiting son and daughter, out North Beach. We see three eagles in trees and then the reason. A dead octopus on the beach, large. A sea gift of protein. Four more eagles and other birds soared while people were close. Returning, this juvenile bald eagle is on the beach, happy with this meal. The speckled feathers changing from juvenile to adult are quite gorgeous. I want to go in the sea and meet our giant pacific octopus, too, some day.
For Mundane Monday #201, my prompt is contrast. I like the contrast of the sunlit leaves behind the dark mystery bird in this picture. This is taken on North Beach yesterday. I am not sure if this is an immature bald eagle or a golden eagle.
Link your contrast photographs or experiment with contrast and I will post links next week.
And here is the zoom in to the silhouette in the tree: the third eagle. I said that we saw three at once and this is the third.
This is another juvenile.
Right now in the Pacific Northwest, it is a wonderful time to see eagles and hawks. I went to visit my daughter in Bellingham this weekend. With few leaves out, the hawks are very visible, perched high up, waiting for game.
This photograph delights me. The young eagle is so ruffled and scruffy compared to the parent. Feathers all every which way, like a gangly teenager. And looks a bit sullen and grumpy, too. My teens were certainly hungry all the time and I suspect that the eagles were out because they are hungry too, so early in the spring.
Thank you, eagles!
As we walk away from the tree, here is a shot back. Both are still present but you do have to look for them. I look for the shape from a distance.
Here at last are my two star close ups of the eagles. I am standing on the path right below the tree. The eagles are putting up with me with amazing patience. They are so high up that other people are walking right by and not noticing. Take out the earbuds! Look up!
I am submitting both to the Ragtag Daily Prompt: flight.
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