Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Eagles have Landed, Camas NWR

This afternoon I ran out to Camas National Wildlife Refuge to see if the eagles had showed up. Yesterday there were only 14 there and today the migration had begun with 38 showing up. I also saw Northern Harriers, Red-tailed hawks, Rough-legged hawks, Kestrels, Merlins, Northern Flickers and even a Golden eagle.

In this tree alone there are 8 mature Bald eagles and one immature Bald eagle.

Here two mature Bald eagles play tag in a very cold strong north wind.

As the sun set I located these six white-tailed deer as they came out of the cattails and started feeding.

Just another wild day in Idaho.


Betsy from Tennessee said...

Oh My Goodness. Eagles and Deer in the same post. WOW---I'd love to be there and see that..


Sunny said...

The Eagles must be quite a sight to behold, awesome!
How lucky you are to have these wonderful experiences.
Sunny :)

Robert Mortensen said...

That is so cool! I remember one New Year's Day a couple years ago seeing about two dozen Bald Eagles at Deer Flat Wildlife Refuge near Nampa out on the frozen lake munching on what I assume were ducks. They are always an impressive sight!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

So glad to see that so many Bald Eagles are arriving in your area, and oh so many other Birds of can most certainly write "Green -eyed Monster" all over me right now:)

Susan said...

You live in a Kodak moment! Wow..eagles are stunning,as are the deer..we have both as well but they never linger in mountain meadows or tete a tete near a stream! Great shots!

Janie said...

Wow, that's an amazing collection of eagles in one place. Great shot of the pair in the air, too!

Grayquill said...

This is the first time I have seen an immature eagle next to a mature one. I have heard it takes three years before the head turns white. I am not sure if that is true or not.
Thanks for the pictures - your pics are always amazing.

eLIZabeth Floyd said...

Hi Bill,

The photo of the deer is gorgeous! I like the warm glancing light, the rust colors of the foreground that vibrates with the cool blues of the mountains, and a pink sky! Nature is so beautiful!

Thanks for sharing photos of the west!


Kelly said...

38 Eagles!! I'd probably faint. You are so lucky. Thanks for posting...that first photo is just gorgeous.

Anonymous said...

What beautiful crisp skies for viewing eagles in flight. I used to count eagles for a living and used to help find nests and document their location and productivity. It was a lot of fun to watch their daily behavior and their social interactions.