The American Symbol

I am still amazed that Ben Franklin had considered making the turkey, the national bird. Though he had his reason. Anyway, it everyone can agree that the eagle is a majestic and fierce-looking bird. There were a fair amount of eagles throughout our trip, but I didn’t see as many, or get so close to any, as I did in Homer.
The day before we left, I decided that we needed to get some good eagle shots, because this would be our only opportunity for some good close-ups. Sadly, even though they were close, none were really close enough. Well that’s wildlife for you.

Cara Mooney Photography: American Eagle
These guys were on the top of the telephone pole, or something. A mated pair. Couldn’t really get any closer, but this is one of my favorites.

I saw this eagle out on the mud flat. I thought about walking out to see if I could get closer, but common sense thankfully took over. It is extremely dangerous to walk out on the mud flats. It sucks you down like quick sand, and when the tide rolls back in. Well, I think you know what happens. It is estimated that in many areas, the layered silt goes hundreds of feet deep!
Cara Mooney Photography: American Eagle
Cara Mooney Photography: American Eagle

This is a nesting pair of juveniles. Though I don’t think they’re bald eagles. Golden, maybe?
Cara Mooney Photography: American Eagle

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