I came across this photo the other day of an immature from about this time last year, spreading its wings and soaring over Lake O' the Pines.
They've been here all along, but as cool, crisp temperatures arrive, we will be getting out on the lake more, and as all biridng activity picks up, there will be opportunities for more sightings. Up close and personal sightings - not just the quick fly-bys of late.
As I was crossing Alley Creek one day last week, seemingly out of nowhere a mature eagle flew from one side of the bridge to the other; I pulled over and watched as he circled the upper end. In Lakeside Park another day, there was a huge Bald Eagle sitting in the once flourishing - but now very dead after the high water - pine tree at the end of the point by the Opsrey tower. When the tree was alive and healthy, this was a favorite lookout for many birds, but most notably for eagles. For years I would look there first, but it seemed like as the needles died, only the woodpeckers cared to frequent the branches. I had gotten out of the habit of checking this tree, and this just goes to show that if you keep your eyes open, you never know what you'll see or where you'll see it. Wow, and isn't that all just part of the beauty of nature?