Friday, June 19, 2009

Eagle sighting

Yesterday, my friend Rick and I decided to ride on the bike path to Amherst from Northampton. As we started across the Connecticut River on the part of the path which goes over the old railroad bridge, we noticed a woman standing near the bridge railing and looking intently at something. Rick asked her what she was looking at, and she pointed out an eagle perched in a tree about forty feet away.

In this photo, the eagle is pretty much dead center.

And here's a closeup -- not a great one, but you can see some details more clearly.

The eagle didn't move much in the ten minutes we stood there watching it -- just turned its head a few times. -- PL


~ tOkKa said...

-->> there was no babies or nest or anything you could tell of ?!

Stan said...

What kind of eagle is that? It is always exciting to see those big birds.

We went rafting down a portion of the Snake River and saw a few Bald Eagles, and their nest (they are HUGE). I also saw a few golden eagles when camping in the deserts here is Southern California.

It is nice that you take the time to do these little day outings. I'm a bit envious. I'm at the drawing board. After finishing that watercolor Yokai story, I've got just three weeks to do next story for the regular Usagi series.


~ tOkKa said...

-->> ..looks like a golden eagle ..but the shade does kind of hide the ability to tell for sure.

Dierna said...

Tokka's right. It's a Golden Eagle. You can tell by the almost yellowish ticking on the head. Plus they're much bigger than Bald Eagles (Golden's are the largest birds of prey in North America). Massachusetts is part of their breeding grounds.