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~An American Symbol

 

November 29, 2018, Dead Horse Ranch Park, Cottonwood, AZ

The American bald eagle was adopted as the national bird symbol of the United States of America in 1782. The bald eagle (Haliaeetus Leucocephalus) was chosen for its majestic beauty, great strength, long life, and because it’s native to North America.

A Bald Eagle sitting high up on a cliff.
Surveying the area.
Across the road are several lagoons. People told us two were in the area and they would see them fly over the water early in the mornings and late in the evenings.

After a while, he decided to take flight.
A feel fortunate to have captured this majestic Bald Eagle.

Coming up: The Painted Desert National Park,  a train ride, and a Christmas dinner show.

 

~The Chase between a Hawk and an Eagle- part two~

Bald Eagle, between two and five years old. (It takes five years for their head to turn white)
Bald Eagle, between two and five years old. (It takes five years for their head to turn white)

As we continued down the path, on our hike, we see an Eagle circling high in the air. All of a sudden the Eagle tucks its wings and begins to dive straight at the Red-shouldered Hawk. Thank goodness the Eagle does not strike the Hawk. 

The Hawk flies up into the air and into the woods, the Eagle gives chase. We never saw the Hawk again. The poor Hawk was only trying to catch one Coot! Gee, so many Coots, why can’t you share?

The Eagle then perches in a tree looking around, we think, making sure the Hawk doesn’t come back into its territory. 

The Eagle sits in a tree for a few minutes, which gives me the opportunity to take a few  photos.

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As the Eagle flies away you get a nice view of the underside of its wings.

This Bald Eagle sure makes a large shadow.
This Bald Eagle sure makes a large shadow.

I beautiful Bald Eagle, obviously less than five years old!

I would guess at least 2nd year Bald Eagle.
I would guess at least 2nd year Bald Eagle.
Away it flies
Away it flies

What a thrill!

~They deserve a post all their own~

However, my photos of them might not!

Bald Eagle (female)
A pair of Bald Eagles
(female on the left; male on the right)

Sunday morning, when we were getting ready to leave Rainbow Springs State Park and drive over to Silver River State Park, this pair of Bald Eagles flew into a tree right in the campground.

They make their home at Rainbow Springs State Park:

– hunting along the river,

– building their nest in a favorite tree within the parks boundary,

– and raising their  young

I was told, by a campground host, that this is their fourth year to build a nest in the park.

Bald Eagle (female)
Bald Eagle
(female)

The pine tree they were sitting in was huge and my camera lens – not so huge.

However, it was exciting seeing them!

"See ya later, I'am going hunting"
“See ya later, I’am going hunting”