The Eagle Has Landed

bald eagle, Holmes Co. OH

The Eagle Has Landed.

The frantic knock on the front door got my attention. In my dash down the hall and to the front entrance, I wondered if someone was in need of help. Had there been another crash on our busy county highway?

When I flung open the door, there stood my neighbor smiling. My negative concerns immediately vanished. I shook Doug’s hand as he excitedly exclaimed that an eagle was sitting in a tree across the road from his house. I quickly retreated to my office and grabbed my camera with the long lens. As we rushed over to his front yard, Doug told me how he came to see our nation’s icon.

As he drove over the hill south of our homes, Doug saw the eagle circling overhead and then dive to the grass on the east side of the road where a roadkill raccoon laid. As his car passed the big bird, it flew to a branch low in a thicket of trees only a few yards away.

I concealed myself as best I could behind a large tree trunk at the corner of Doug’s yard. The camera’s shutter clicked away as other drivers zipped along the road unaware of the sight they were missing. The many branches in front of the eagle made it rather difficult for me to focus the lens. When I looked down at the camera to check the quality of the shots, the eagle flew east, leaving his intended meal behind.

“The Eagle Has Landed” is my Photo of the Week.

© Bruce Stambaugh 2017

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Filed under birding, birds, human interest, nature photography, Ohio's Amish country, Photo of the Week, photography, rural life

6 responses to “The Eagle Has Landed

  1. What a story! It sounded like me “When I looked down at the camera to check the quality of the shots, the eagle flew east”. It happens a lot when I want to get closer or see if the quality of the shots is ok. 🙂

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  2. Thanks for your comment, Ilze.
    Bruce

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  3. Good one. My husband and I are pretty sure we saw a young eagle across the road looking down at us one day. Did not get a decent picture at all. How exciting for you. 🙂

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  4. pamela lakits

    What an awesome sight behold! I think you got a great shot of him. We have an eagle couple living along the river here in Pittsburgh, but sadly I have yet to get down to Hays to witness them first hand. What a gift you were given. Thanks for sharing.

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