Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Eagles at the nest

I am linking up with World Bird Wednesday   and Nature Notes

I have to edit this post. I do not want people or birders to think I was close to the nest.  I was standing a good distance away from the nest and I did comment below my photos are cropped for a closer look.  Also, I do not give out nest locations for any bird. I believe the birds can get stressed.

Hubby and I were on our way on Saturday for a hike in one of our favorite Maryland parks when we noticed this eagles nest. Actually, first we noticed the guys with their huge cameras standing in the road looking at the nest. . We got there right when the male eagle was flying off the nest to another tree where it grab a branch and flew back to the nest . 


All these photos have been cropped to get a closer look. The Eagles are a common sight in Maryland and they have made such a great come back. For me seeing the eagles will always be an awesome sight to see. I have been lucky to see both adults and juveniles fly over my yard. Hubby and I have seen the eagles at our lake and flying over the fireroads near our house.




It seemed like the female was directing the male as he moved the tree branches around on the nest. Usually eagles will build their nest in large trees near rivers or the coast. They will use the same nest year after year. If the old nest is damaged from the wind the eagle pair will rebuild the nest within a few weeks near the nesting season. They are territorial and the nesting territory is one to two miles. The eagles will look for a mate around the age of 4 or 5 and will mate for life.





To see more beautiful birds and nature photos from around the world please visit Springman's  World Bird Wednesday   and Michelle's Nature Notes.  Thanks to Springman for hosting World Bird Wednesday and to Michelle for hosting Nature Notes.  I also thank everyone for stopping by to see my post. I hope the rest of your week is great.


63 comments:

  1. Gorgeous shots! I've only seen an eagle in the wild once, but I'll never forget it.

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  2. Wonderful photos! We have an eagle cam at our botanical gardens and have had the opportunity to see them from that. Sadly, the mother was killed by an airplane this spring so the babies had to be moved to a sanctuary to be cared for until they could be released. I have seen them when we were out on the river in our boat also. Always a treat!

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  3. What an awesome photo opportunity!! So happy you were able to be there. I love the females look in the second photo, kinda like she is a little frustrated with her mate at his placing of the branch! :)

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  4. Beautiful shots of the eagles!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hope the rest of your week is great too.
    Mette

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  5. A phenomenal view of the Eagles in their nest. And, I love your "word verification" SAY NO.

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  6. i am SO jealous! really wonderful, eileen!

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  7. Eileen, those photos of eagles are simply amazing and beautiful... Love love love them - what a sight that must have been. Eagles are among the birds I long to see and only get to view them once in a while...thanks for making my afternoon!

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  8. Wow! What magnificent birds they are!
    Well-captured, Eileen.

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  9. love that first one, with it's wings spread.

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  10. What a wonderful experience for you and great shots to remember it by! I'm so envious. :)

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  11. Nice shots. You've got a birdseye view

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  12. Great series of shots!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  13. Great seeing these eagles. It's really good that they are making a comeback.

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  14. Wonderful images of a bird I dream of seeing one day..

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  15. Hi There, OH---I'm just so jealous--I can't stand it... I think I need to move to MD..... There are some here in TN--but I still have never seen one. I have to get my eagle-fix by watching the live camera at Decorah, Iowa... I even get addicted to watching them on my computer!!!!!

    Most of my people have taken off Word Verification. Some of the newer ones haven't --and most don't even know what it is or if they have it... Good ole Blogger uses the embedded form (Yuk) and word verification as their default....

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  16. Wonderful Eileen. I haven't seen much activity yet at the nest near us.

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  17. Such magnificent birds. Great captures.

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  18. OMG! What wonder photos of the bald eagles. I have always wanted to see them for real. When Ben was alive and we used to visit the redwood forests of northern California, I always hoped to get a glimpse of them but it never happened.

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  19. Talk about being at the right place at the right time! Awesome photos, Eileen.

    PS -- I don't have Photoshop either. I use Pixler.com (a free online photo editor). I have a video tutorial in my sidebar about adding textures in Pixlr. You might want to give it a try. :)

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  20. OOOOOOOOOOO!!! What an incredible find! I would have been hanging out by that tree the entire day:) Lovely series. Thanks for sharing:)

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  21. Wow he has a big twig in his mouth. They build a substantial nest. mate for life...that is nice....I wish humans could manage that more often.
    Great shots of a fabulous bird.

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  22. Those are amazing shots of the eagles at the nest...lucky you to be so close to them. Thanks for sharing them. (I agree about the captchas at Blogger...I can't read them!)

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  23. Great shots, I am really surprised, I thought it was way too early for Eagles to be nest building.

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  24. Great pictures! In which park did you see these eagles? I live in Maryland and have been looking for bald eagles with no luck

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  25. Great photos of the Eagles. They are majestic birds and you are fortunate to be able to watch them so closely.

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  26. Great shots of these homebuilders! I have not seen any close to us.

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  27. Fantastic series of shots! You must have been very excited to catch them building their nest. You don't really realize how huge a nest they make until you see it in person.

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  28. Lovely pictures!
    And yes: those words are terrible...

    Kisses, BS

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  29. Wonderful shots! Love them all...especially the one of the eagle landing on the nest.

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  30. Nice views of the nest! Our Florida eagles perform a "reverse migration" after nesting season, heading north to your area, especially Chesapeake Bay. They leave here around May or June and return in October.

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  31. They really are a strong, majestic bird. Must be wonderful them to observe in real life.

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  32. Beautiful shots of the eagles - are they sea eagles do they eat fish - we have Ospreys quite close to us in Wales on a RSPB site - they are migratory and will arrive in April - Thanks for sharing - Jane UK

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  33. Eileen the shots of the eagles are fantastic. We have a couple of places the eagles nest but I've only seen them on the web cams. Part of the reason is there are so many lakes to walk at near me that I usually don't get it together to go to the eagle nesting sites even though they are only 10 and 20 miles away. I have walked at the two different lakes that have eagles but have never managed to spot the eagles.

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  34. wonderful photos of the eagles nest. I just did a post today about word verification,love that image you have and will check into getting it

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  35. Love those shots, Eileen! I wish we had eagle nests around here. That would be great to see.

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  36. I have never seen an eagle in person
    these photos are a treat

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  37. They aren't common near me but I wish they were..Fantastic shots catching the home remodel...I am following one nest online and they are such amazing birds...(thank you for not having the word verification, sometimes I can't read the letters over and over again.)..Michelle

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  38. Wow, Eilee, these photos are so great that make me a bit envious:)
    Hugs
    j.

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  39. goreous shots. I love seeing them as I never seen a nest in the real world.

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  40. wow eileen!! those are GREAT eagle shots!! especially the first one... landing in the nest!! awesome!

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  41. How exciting to see this. Great shots of the eagle pair on the nest.

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  42. A wonderful bird to have so close to home Eileen. Just a walk away, you are so lucky. Great shots too.

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  43. Such awesome captures! Last year I followed the Decorah Iowa Eagles webcam as they laid their eggs until they flew off! Their webcam is on 24/7 so it was so easy to follow. Many schools were doing the same.

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  44. Wow very nice message Eileen! The pictures of the eagle at the nest are swonderful! I would love to enjoy that kind of encounter but it is strictly forbidden here to get close to nest.

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  45. Wonderful captures of magnificent birds, Eileen. What a privilege to see them close to home. Something I can guarantee will never happen to me ;-)

    I also loved the photo of the Woodpecker on the previous post and the beautifully colourful Pine Warbler.

    Your hiking pal is just gorgeous, I do enjoy seeing her :-)

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  46. Wonderful shots Eileen. It is a constant temptation to creep up to close to get an exceptional picture. I have been guilty.
    You have had a wonderful experience here. Thank you for sharing!

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  47. What beautiful captures, amazing, such wonderful photos of nature.

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  48. I appreciate all your comments and I will always try to return the favor and visit your blog.
    Have a great day, Latest Nature Pictures

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  49. Hi there - great pictures - pretty clear they have been cropped, unless of course you have a NASA lens on your camera body - shame somebody had to moan about disturbance.

    Cheers - Stewart M

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  50. You did great with these images Eileen. I have a pair some 45 minutes away, have not gone yet this season. It will be neat if you can keep up with this nest and share updates...a great experience to witness these wonderful events in nature

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  51. You are so lucky to be able to see them!Wonderful pictures!Most of my photos are cropped & enlarged too.I`m going to get that no word verification too when I have time.Waiting for granddaughter`s arrival today,will get not much posting done today,phyllis

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  52. Wow! These are amazing shots, Eileen. Congratulations on capturing these marvelous birds. Blessings.

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  53. Fantastic! I enjoyed each picture Eileen!

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  54. Great shots of nature. Love the bright skies and bird pictures!

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  55. Great captures of the eagle. Wish I can see them in the wild too.

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  56. Great job on those eagles. Super-Wow!

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  57. Know what you mean about not giving location. I use a telephoto lens to photograph ospreys. There is limit in Maryland as to how close you can get to their nests, but most people don't know about the limits. I wish the DNR would post limits near nests on the water. They certainly know where they roost.

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  58. Thanks for sharing such a stately bird!

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  59. Eagles and people are the same it seems - female directs the male where to move the furniture! :)
    Great photos.

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Hello, Thanks for stopping by my blog. This is my blog about the birds I see, I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. They might not always be the best of photos because I like to keep photos as a record of where and when I see them.
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