The Escort

On one of my recent walks into the woods to observe the Eagles, I totally lucked out. While I was in the process of setting up my folding, three-legged stool, I turned and there she was.  The female had exited the nest silently, while my back was turned.  She was now perched at the very top of the dead pine, located across from the cluster of pines where the nest is.

Pulling the lens cap off the camera and dropping it to the ground, I squatted onto the low stool.  Hunched over and aiming, I was able to get about 30 shots.  However, there was no rush that day as she was perfectly content being in such close proximity to the nest even though she knew I was there.  It was 3:35 pm. 

Note:  I still do not know how many chicks are in the nest and am hoping to find that out in the next few weeks.  However, a few things I've observed about the pair's behavior:

the female always sits higher than the male when it comes to perching and basking in the sun;

the male (even when the female is not on the "perching tree") always sits on lower branches; 

when sitting side by side, she is always on the inside

I was so excited...exhilarated really...when I was able to finally get some decent pix of her leg bands!!  With my previous camera, I could never get the clarity because of pixel distortion.  So, when I got my thoughts together after I returned home an hour later and sent my report in, I pointed out the pix with the bands and yes, I was right.  She is a MA eagle and her series of numbers was done in...are you ready?????....1995!!! This female is twenty two years old...:)  The average life expectancy in the wild is 35 years.

This week I am hoping that I can get the male's band although he hasn't been that cooperative and usually faces the wrong way!!  Leave it to a man to make fun work...:)

Anyway, remaining in the woods for a almost an hour, it was when I began to pack up around 4:25 pm that she took flight.

However, rather than heading toward the river or the dam, she circled high above me and escorted me all the way home.

As I walked along the trail toward the house, there she was, circling high above.  Once I got inside the gate of our yard and was greeted by Moon, she banked left and headed South.

just seeing, saying and sharing...

The Escort

with you and those at


It gives me chills to think....has she accepted you as harmless and a friend? Perhaps you emanate vibrations of caring and understanding and she has picked up on that. Fanciful yes?
MadSnapper said…
She looks just like all human females with their mouth wide open and Yakety Yak. Awesome photos
Pamela Gordon said…
You got some really great shots of the eagle JP! And nice to see the leg band for ID too. I hope you get to see the eaglets soon. Have a great week.
Gayle said…
Well Done. And what a gentleman. Lady on the inside. My dad was adamant about that; insisting he was to walk on the curbside when with a lady.
Susie said…
JP, Beautiful shots . I loved seeing each one. It is interesting how they perch. Blessings, xoxo, Susie
Ann Thompson said…
Thesd are awesome shots. Nice of her to escort you home
These are incredible shots, JP, you must have been elated. I wonder why her beak was always open. Was she squawking? And she followed you home. Was that for reasons because of her nest?

I had no idea eagles lived that long. Do they mate for life?

My parrot has a life expectancy of 30 years. She's 12 now. She's going to outlive me unless I keep forgetting to feed her.

Jane x
eileeninmd said…
Congrats on the getting the leg bands and these great shots! It was awesome she escorted you home! Enjoy your day!
Felicia said…
They are just so beautiful
Hootin' Anni said…
Exceptional post!! And beautiful, fabulous photos and commentary.
Thanks so much for adding your link to I'd Rather B Birdin' this week...hope to see you again soon.
What a lovely post, I'm so pleased I stopped by today and saw it.

All the best Jan
How wonderful that you were able to get the numbers and find out the age of this beauty. I have a nest near us that I visit a couple of times a week, as often also as I can throughout the year. I find Bald Eagles enchanting and it looks like you were getting some of her chattering too~
Rambling Woods said…
WOW WOW WOW.. getting just to see these raptors and then to get her band number...Amazing photos!! ..Michelle

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