The Eagle Sets There
Setting on the utility pole was a big bird. From a distance I thought it was another falcon or hawk. As I got closer I could see it was much bigger then one of them. It was a golden eagle perched on the post. I slowly rolled past it and stopped beyond a 100 feet or so. I parked in the middle the road and got myself turned around to look backwards. It was still on the pole, head turned watching the stranger warily.
The rear window slider was open, I took camera and pointed it towards the bird. I didn’t want to disturb the big fellow for I knew at the slightest erratic movement it would be on it way. Neck cricked and looking over shoulder I snapped a couple of pictures. Slowly I eased out of the pickup door that was enough, the bird gave flight. I quickly jumped to the side of the pickup snapping pictures.
Unknowing to me I had captured another flying object as the golden eagle took off. Just in front of me a dragonfly went flying across the camera lens. When I was processing the pictures I did a double take for I thought I had caught a couple of birds, nope just a bug and the eagle.
Eagles are not real rare on the prairies. There is lots of competition for the food and most of the rabbits are gone. So the eagles have a larger territory to hunt. There are now prairie dog towns nearby which make a pretty good meal for the big birds.
I’ve spotted bald eagles around but this is the first time I’ve been close enough to get half way decent pictures of the magnificent birds.
Along the roads are various landmarks. Lots of them are abandoned equipment or driveway decorations.
The old caterpillar looks like it broke and they just left it in the field rather than trying to fix it.
The old pull road grader sits at a drive entrance. A good marker….go down the road until you see the grader, turn left and follow the trail to the house.
Years ago one may have seen the old caterpillar pulling the grader. Now both are rusting piles of machinery.
A touch of fall in the nearby trees.