The Bald Eagles of SL&GC
The emblem bird of the United States, majestic in its appearance. It is not always so majestic in habits: it often feeds on carrion, including dead fish washed up on shore, and it steals food from Ospreys and other smaller birds. At other times, however, it is a powerful predator. Seriously declining during much of the 20th century, the Bald Eagle has made a comeback in many areas since the 1970s. Big concentrations can be found wintering along rivers or reservoirs in some areas.
Eagle images and commentary courtesy of Dallas Hetherington.
This family photo was taken at the “spoils”, just above Ravine Lake, at the edge of Lake Club property.
Young eagles usually fledge (start to fly) about 10 – 12 weeks after they hatch. They fledge as full-grown eagles, except they don’t have the white head and tail. Those take 5+ years to occur and this color pattern signals the bird has finally reached maturity.
Our Ravine Lake nest has generally fledged late May or early June, close to Memorial Day.
During the day two adults will often perch on the same branch or in nearby trees for short periods of time, but it’s a special moment when the parents and the fledglings can be seen together, like this. This special scene developed and ended all within just a few minutes.