Flander's Lane, Washington Maine

Flander's Lane is named after my grandfather, Roland Flanders. It is a short dirt road with a few camps set on Washington Pond. There are tales that Flander's Lane is haunted. At least that's what my grandfather says.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Lunch with Bald Eagles

Daddy Bald EagleSo it was lunch time at our little Maine cabin by the lake, and all of us were sitting around the table enjoying our B & M Baked Beans, when all of a sudden I see this giant Bald Eagle swoop into our swimming spot, grab a rather large White Perch from the water, and land in the Pine Tree just outside our window.

At first all I could do was go, "ba bla bub ba bla bluh buh ba bah..." and while I babbled incoherently I managed to grab my camcorder. I snapped about 24 photos and a little bit of video before it was over. A young eagle soon joined the elder, landing in the same pine above. The two shrieked eagle sounds back and forth, saying things like, "This is how you do it, Jr. You just swoop down, grab that fish, and land it into a tree and tear it apart like this. Hold on tight, don't let it fall, and eat it up quick - gulp gulp." The younger eagle distinctly said, "Wow Dad, you are way cool man! That fish didn't have a chance with you around! Swish - Slap - Slunk!!!" Teenagers these days. They talk so funny.

Young Bald EagleIt's easy to spot the younger eagle, as the young one still has brown feathers in the white part of the head, and the body is a lot smaller. At first I thought they were mates, but it was Grampy Flanders that told me it was a young eagle. I told Grampy that I saw two eagles and he asked me if the smaller eagle had brown feathers in the white area of the head, and I said that it did. He goes, "That's not the eagle's mate, that's a young eagle, and the parent is teaching the baby how to hunt." Grampy seems to know everything around here. It's so great to learn from him, as the young eagle learns from the eagle elder. Ahh the mysteries of nature passed on for generations to come. It makes me feel at one with the cosmos don't you know.

Since I got so many photos of the two Bald Eagles, I thought I would put them all together and share them with you. I put together a slide show gallery, just click the photo of the daddy Bald Eagle to check it out. There's even a little Mpeg video clip, where you can hear my kid humming in the background while she eats her baked beans. Wow.


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