It's a good problem to have, really. . . so many eagle photos from the past month that it's hard to choose what to post. I'm realizing this while going through the time-consuming process of culling and sorting, so I'll grab a few of the better ones for this update, and just roll with it.
The good news is that the nest on Watts Island is intact and actually in an even better position for viewing. The high water levels of the past few months have caused more erosion, and several of the tall pines have fallen from all the stress, but a few weeks ago we were happy to see two mature birds - the parents, we suspect - close to the nest one evening.
Another day, in an old dead snag adjacent to the nest and across the channel at Johnson's Creek, we saw an immature eagle that looked to be first year. As we approached, he/she flew and landed in another dead tree, where a more mature bird sat in the top. (Kind of reminded me of hanging out with upper classmen.) The older bird had the telltale beginnings of a white head, which would indicate that she/he has more years than the other, with its mottled brown coloration and no sign of white on the head. As those feathers on both the head and tail come in they almost look dirty, but ultimately transition to that blazing white that is just so distinctive.