Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Eagle?

On the way to town the other day, I was looking out across a field. I saw a large bird with a white head. It was pretty far away, I couldn't really make it out. I was sure though that it was an eagle. That night I told my husband that I was sure I had seen an eagle that day. We never see eagles around here so he said it was probably just a big chicken hawk. Well, this morning on my way to town I brought my camera along. When I arrived to the place I had seen it, I slowed down, it wasn't there. I decided to go on to town but take back roads. When I was about 5 miles away, I decided I was not going to see it. Well, just as I decided it was gone, guess what I saw. I glanced across a field, across a pond and scanned the trees. I saw a big white dot in the trees. I made my lens zoom as far as possible and looked through the camera, and this is what I saw. What are the chances that I would be over 5 miles from where I originally saw it the first time and I see it again? I could have turned on any gravel road, but there it sat on the path I decided to take.
The picture is not great, but what do you think it is, an eagle or a chicken hawk?

Edit to say, I showed my husband the picture last night. He agrees, it is an eagle. I told him it was.

13 comments:

Julie said...

What a great picture! I'm excited just looking at it! And, I think that he is definitely an eagle! Lucky duck you! Thanks for posting the picture!!!

Julie said...

I have to leave another comment. After I left my other comment, I enlarged the picture & I'm sure that you saw an eagle! WOW! What a beautiful bird! I'll be interested to hear if you continue to see him in the area. (even if he is a chicken hawk, he is still a beautiful bird!!!)

Momovthree said...

I'm no bird expert but it looks like an eagle to me! They are beautiful aren't they?
~Michelle

PAT said...

It's definitely a bald eagle, Wendy. We go Eagle Watching every winter, on the Mississippi and we've seen several at the lake this year.

Meadowsweet Days said...

Wow! I have never seen an eagle in the wild like that. We have a farm in the area that rehabilitates bald eagles, so I have seen them there, but never like this. So beautiful... thank you for sharing!

Carol

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

Well girl, you've asked the right person. I used to be a licensed falconer. You are right!! This is a bald eagle. We've seen a few around here lately too. I've never seen a chicken hawk/ red-tail hawk with a white head. Your dh needs to trust your opinion. Take him out and show him your bald eagle. Most likely he'll still be around.

DomesticDivasFancy said...

Well to be honest I didnt know what a chicken hawk was until I googled it. It is definatly an eagle. I used to see eagles in Alaska all the time. The are HUGE!

kiakai / Kelly said...

Hey Wendy, Great blog! Love the music! Thank you so much for coming by to welcome me in. I will show the mirror soon. It was so easy to make, and they're so expensive to buy! I'll be back to check out all of the blogs in detail. I can't wait.
Kelly

Olive Rue said...

Way to go "Eagle Eye" Yep! That was a bald eagle. I harddly ever see them around here. But you obeying one of the many rules of photography "beware of your surroundings"

OMG!!! You would be dangerous if you were to get a pro slr camera, lol! Great capture. And thanks for the checking me out on delightfulblogs.com

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

I found some information I thought you might enjoy:
http://www.baldeagleinfo.com/

prof en retraite said...

Hi Wendy...I enlarged the pic and it sure looks like an eagle to me! I have never seen a chicken hawk...except the one on cartoons....lol...but none of the hawks around here have white heads. Wow! Amazing, huh? I hope you'll get a chance to see him again. They really are majestic birds, aren't they???...Debbie

Melissa Miller said...

I'm not even sure what a chicken hawk is but that looks like a gorgeous eagle to me! Lucky you!

Tahnks for visiting my Roo table and your kindness.

Kimm at Reinvented said...

How cool! I have no idea what a chicken hawk looks like, so I'm SURE it's an eagle.