Happy New Year everyone!
I want to share an interesting chain of events that happened to me last week one afternoon while driving home. With less than two miles to go I spotted a beautiful bald eagle perched on top of a large snag. Trying not to be over anxious and wreck my truck, I immediately pulled over and watched it for several minutes. I've seen bald eagles in our area before but its been a while and this was much closer than the other times. On top of that large dead tree it seemed to be surveying the surrounding area as if to say "I'm the king of this castle". I was kicking myself for not having my camera on hand. Isn't that always the case though?
After a few minutes of watching the eagle I decided to race home to get my camera, hoping it would still be there when I returned. I returned back to the spot where I saw the eagle but unfortunately it had moved on. Thinking that the eagle may show up again I parked my truck in a field nearby and watched closely with my camera in hand. After a while I concluded that it probably wasn't coming back, but not all was lost - there were other sites to enjoy.
Canada geese were flying high above me. No matter how often I see geese fly over, I always stop what I'm doing to look up and watch as if I'm paying some sort of strange reverence to them. I don't know, there's something about the sound of geese flying above that puts me in a serene, Zen-like state of mine.
They just kept coming...
After I while with no eagle in site I began to head back home. On my way, just a couple hundred yards from my house, I spotted a large hawk swooping down from a tree and I watched as several songbirds scattered. The hawk, failing to catch his prey, perched in a nearby oak tree. I slowed the truck down, grabbed my camera and snapped off a couple quick photos before it flew away. It was a red-shouldered hawk. Definitely an exciting find!
While I failed to capture any bald eagle photos there was plenty of action. Remember not to focus on just one thing, you may miss out on other things happening around you. And that concludes my adventurous Saturday afternoon ride home.
Have a safe and happy New Year!!
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