(Like many of our neighbors here in Fort Myers Florida I've been a little obsessed over the past couple of seasons with following the adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, our local eagle pair. This lovely couple have their own nest-cam and have become local, if not worldwide, celebrities as a result. They were the first bald eagles I'd ever been able to photograph and so they'll always have a special place in my birding heart! On Christmas Day they hatched their second egg of this season. I'm sure I'll still check on the family's progress occasionally, but I won't take as many pictures -- because my files are really full of eagles from our summer's trip. Here are some of them.)
This past summer in Alaska, we saw more bald eagles than I ever imagined we would see in our whole lifetime. They are simply everywhere in that beautiful State. Here are just a few of our summer sightings (along with the stunning scenery in the places these Eagles call home).
Most of the people fishing at this beach weren't very excited about the birds, so I wondered if seeing them would become so routine to us too that they'd soon be "just another bird." But that didn't happen. It was still just as much fun to spot them at the end of our trip as it had been at the beginning.
Above is more scenery from the Cook's Inlet beach, in South-Central Alaska.
The picture above is a little out-of-sequence. We actually saw these mature and young eagles early in June while we were still on the ferry ride from Washington. We got off the boat and walked during a brief loading and unloading stop in tiny Yakatak. So these were our first Alaska Eagles.
This was the prettiest RV Park ever in the prettiest little coastal city. There was a pair of eagles who loved that light post. The recreation room/office for the park had an observation deck perfectly positioned to watch them.
It was a lovely easy walk around the slough -- we saw several eagles, some cranes and as always the amazing scenery.
The guide on one of our nature tours told us that Bald Eagles were never endangered in Alaska, the way they were in the lower 48.
He said they have always thrived in the State because DDT was never used there.
This is how nature is supposed to be!
Thank you to Michelle, Stewart, Gemma, and Eileen for hosting these wonderful sharing opportunities!