One day there were nine near the ditch behind our house...but they aren't all that easy to photograph. When they see me coming with the camera, they make a hasty retreat. On Sunday morning I noticed there were five in a tree...not too far from our house. I just kept snapping pictures as I walked towards them & actually managed to get a few. They apparently do not care to have people within 200 meters...so I was definitely in their space.
Some of them do not have the distinctive white head. I was hoping that it wasn't the homely female with the dowdy colouring (isn't that how it works in the bird kingdom?). What I discovered is that it takes five years until they develop the adult colouring...the one in this picture is a youngster! Eagles live to be about forty years old in the wild....and weigh between nine and twelve pounds (the female is bigger than the male). They have a wingspan of about 7 feet and are the largest raptor in British Columbia.
Since I've been 'under the weather' for the past few days (the car has been sitting in the garage un-moved since Sunday!), I've had a lot of time to look out the window. The only problem is that I don't have eagle eyes (their vision is about 6 times better than that of a human)...so I have my handy Bushnell binoculars lying nearby. The eagles have been putting on a show every day...they are out there as we speak!
So that is your 'Audubon' lesson for today! Some things are just meant to share. The sun is shining & it's a new day...lets' see what it brings.