The Eagle Has Taken Off

I saw the Bald Eagle in the white oak twice this week. I guess the bird saw me, too.
Eagle Power!

The silver band is a federal marker. I didn’t see the more readily readable state band on the bird’s left foot, but I’m assuming this bird is marked R over 7. Some have dubbed the bird “Rover 7,” but I don’t speak eagle so don’t presume to know it’s name. Also, I think naming wild creatures is a form of human arrogance that should be discouraged. The planet doesn’t belong to us.
It’s pretty common for a raptor to stretch out and excrete just before take-off. This one’s squirt hit the ground below with quite a crash.

2 Responses to “The Eagle Has Taken Off”


  1. 1 Paul Lamb November 9, 2020 at 6:04 am

    Favoring the right claw?

    • 2 mthew November 9, 2020 at 6:26 am

      Hawks and falcons often perch on one foot with the other extended like this, or even tucked up into the belly feathers. Don’t know why.


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