Monthly Archives: January 2013

Eagles everywhere

I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many bald eagles around Lawrence as I have this winter. I imagine it has something to do with very low temperatures in the north. Whatever the reason, I am enjoying watching them. Yesterday, they seemed to be on every tree at the lake. I witnessed some courting (locking talons and spinning downward). I saw a couple exchanging fish while in flight, which I think is also courting. I also saw an interesting game of “keep away” that involved nine eagles. While I do not know what they are thinking and communicating, I cannot describe this as anything other than play and it is wonderful to witness. Click on pictures to enlarge.

bald eagle and crow

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bald eagle in flight

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bald eagle in tree on lake

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four bald eagles

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bald eagles exchanging fish in flight

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bald eagles at play

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bald eagles courting

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bald eagles sitting on ice

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Unexpected Cedar Waxwings

I was at the lake for a while yesterday. It was a very cold morning and very cloudy, so I did not get a lot of pictures. I stopped at the grocery store on my way home. Imagine my surprise when I came out and found the small trees in the parking lot covered with cedar waxwings. So beautiful and amazing!  Too bad it was so cloudy. Click on pictures to enlarge.

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Northern Harrier

Yesterday, I saw a beautiful Northern Harrier flying in the snow at the Wakarusa Wetlands. This morning, she was there again, this time sitting about twenty feet away as I came down a path. I have never been so privileged to get that close of a look before. It was magical. Click on pictures to enlarge.

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