With Steve recuperating from disc surgery, I haven't gone out this week, and figured I wouldn't be taking many photos (other than of my cats and the neighborhood critters) until sometime next week....maybe.
That all changed this morning when I was talking to my Mom on the phone. In the middle of our conversation, I heard a familiar squawking outside and peered out the window to see a bald eagle perched on a pine tree across the river. Since my Mom is used to my craziness (Thanks, Mom!), once I told her there was an eagle outside, she knew it was time to hang up with our discussion to be continued.
Because eagles in this area are quite skittish, I wondered how I was going to get a photo of him. Then I thought I'd try to sneak up on the eagle covered in my handy dandy camo netting. I know what you're thinking....how can you sneak up on an eagle? They do have eagle eyes, don't they? Well, you're right, you can't sneak up on an eagle. So the minute I attempted to make my move, the eagle was gone. Darn!!
I then decided to wait it out in hopes that the bird would return. As I was trying to look inconspicuous under my camo netting, two eagles appeared, with one landing in the river. My view of the birds was obstructed by bushes and tree limbs, but when I looked more closely, I could see that they had discovered a partially submerged deer carcass in the Shoshone River. There was no way to get a clear shot of the eagles on the carcass, so I just stood there trying to look invisible, hoping that one of the birds might come my way.
After what seemed like forever (but was really only 2-3 hours), the two eagles got into a bit of a tussle over the carcass. They had done that previously and always flew away from me, but this time, one of the eagles flew in my direction and landed in a tree right across from where I was standing!! I'm sure I was still pretty visible in my camo cover-up, but this eagle was so busy squawking at his nemesis, that he didn't pay any attention to me. I was able to get quite a few shots of the squawker and thought I was home free, until a light bulb went off in the eagle's head and he finally realized that the camo covered object on the deck shouldn't really be there. And in an instant, he flew off.
I waited and watched for the rest of the day, hoping that the eagles would return but I didn't see them again until the sun had begun to set and it was too dark for photos. I have a plan to get out there tomorrow morning in my camo netting before the sun comes up in hopes of "sneaking up" on the eagles. I'm pretty sure I know how that's going to end, but at least it will keep me occupied