Eagle’s and the Deer Carcasses
Sunday morning I received a phone call about some Eagles that were congregating around a decomposed deer here in Allegany State Park. The person who called wasn’t sure but he thought few Golden Eagles were mixed in with the Bald Eagles. That was enough for me to quickly finish uploading my Bonaparte’s Gull post and take off into the freezing rain to check out the situation. I was disappointed in not seeing any Golden’s but I did find a few cooperative Juvenal Bald Eagles to photograph.
I was able to flush 5 different eagles, numerous Ravens and a handful of American Crows from feeding on two different carcasses lying out in a field. One carcass was WAY out in the middle of the field and the other was right along the road. I found a parking spot near the roadside carcass and used my truck as my blind (since I didn’t want to lie on the ground in the freezing rain). I waited within minutes and this Juvenal Bald landed in a tree next to my truck (see the photo below). I continued watching this bird and waited for it to return to the carcass. The Eagle looked around at the Crows . . other Eagles and then look straight down at the carcass. It pooped 6 times and flew to a closer branch 3 times. I believe the bird was starting to trust me enough to fly down onto the deer remains. Then . . . .
. . . . someone I know pulled up in a vehicle and said “hey, isn’t this great seeing all these Eagles . . . I had thought about giving you a phone call yesterday, we had 8 Eagles out in the field”! This was with my camera hanging out the window and my reply was “Shhhh their one is one sitting right there in the tree. . . . I am trying to get its picture”! What I wanted to say was GO AWAY!! But, we continued talking about the eagles for a few more minutes and then just after he pulled away . . . . the Eagle decided to also fly away. I was only able to capture a picture of the Eagle up in the tree after 2 1/2 hours of waiting for that perfect picture (feeding on the carcass) The photo below is with one of the birds out in the middle of the field feeding on the other carcass. 😦 At one time I was able to count 6 different eagles grouped together.
I was excited to hear hearing a Red-shouldered Hawk numerous times (while waiting) along one of the beaver ponds. I questioned if this bird was a Blue Jay mimicking the Red-shouldered Hawks call but sure enough this “really” was the hawk making all those vocalizations. Due to the amount of snow we get in this area . . . . the Red-shouldered Hawk isn’t regularly found during our winter months. I plan on checking up on this bird again to see if it decides to stay in the area and should be fun to watch. .
Although I didn’t get my money shot like I wanted . . . . I did have a few close encounters with a few of the juvenal Bald Eagles flying around. Maybe one of these days I will capture a picture of a Golden Eagle for everyone?? I plan to keep on trying!
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