Bald Eagle and the Common Raven

Bald Eagle larger than most birds, with a wingspan of 2 meters, scavenges meals by harassing other birds and never says no to carrion or garbage. Most of the time they eat fish, but will hunt mammals and waterfowl. They are often spotted soaring high in the sky. The Common Raven is dwarfed by the much larger eagle, wingspan around 116 cm. One of the smartest birds, capable of learning and being a better talker than some parrots when raised by humans. Works with land predators, letting them know when a prey is near or seeking their help opening the tough hide of a carcass to access meat. Never a good idea leaving your bag of garbage outside, if you do where ravens reside, all will know the contents of your garbage. In the image it seems both are flying together, in reality the raven was protecting its territory by harassing the eagle away.

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Bald Eagle

Before they started nesting, these two mating Bald Eagles were hanging out. They were perched along side the Bow River, calling out every now and then while watching other birds below them. The eagles mate for life, they will keep nesting in the same area at the same nest. They will protect their nest territory from other eagles when needed. Few weeks after they were on their nest.

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Bald Eagle

Bald Eagles do enjoy eating fish, but they are open to other dishes when the opportunity presents itself. Water-fowls, small mammals, carrion and if they can't find their on food, they will steal from other animals. This adult was hoping to catch one of the water-fowl that was hanging around the marsh I was visiting. But the ducks were too quick that morning, alert and in the air before the eagle had a chance. As the eagle made few circles in the air before flying away, I quickly got myself higher to get this eye to eye level picture.

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Bald Eagle

 The holiday season is around the corner and depending on the area you live in, Christmas Bird Count time is here. For us in the Bow Valley, it will be Saturday, December 17, 2016, click over to "bowvalleynaturalists.org" for more info.. It a great way to spend time, listening and seeing birds that call the Bow Valley home in the winter and the occasional rare guest that has decided to stick around for the winter instead of flying somewhere warm. Some Bald Eagles were still around few weeks back, when it seemed winter was long off. Now we are in full winter mode, but still a chance one or two eagles will be spotted. But Christmas Bird Count is more then just about spotting birds, it's a great way spend time with others and connect with nature around us. 

Until next moment,

Amar

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

I was driving when I noticed a juvenile Bald Eagle, perched on top of a dead douglas fir. I quickly decided I would turn around at the next opportune location and see if I could get in a position to get the picture of the eagle without scaring it away. I thought I had a good chance, large birds tend to perch for a long period of time, this one was perched near a pull-off, where people were moving around, the bird was not too shy. But my main reason trying to get this picture, the tree base was located below the road, giving me an opportunity to get the picture having the camera at the eye level of the Bald Eagle. Not always easy with wildlife. Took me about ten minutes to get back to the pull-off and another fifteen minutes to get close enough to get the picture and to leave the bird enjoying the view.

Until next moment,

Amar

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagles

I had come across one of the Bald Eagle enjoying a dead red squirrel for breakfast while the ravens and magpies watched on. Afterward it took to the air, I was thinking it was flying away, but instead it was joined my its mate and both decided to perch on a dead tree not far from me. I was happy getting pictures of one Bald Eagle that morning, but here was my opportunity to get two in a image. I took my time locating a clear view of both eagles and then with the beautiful sky as the background grabbed several images. I then back tracked and watched them for a while to see if they would take to the air. They did not, I left them there, both enjoying the morning sun. 

Until next moment, 

Amar

Bald Eagles

Bald Eagle

I was walking along the Bow River one morning, enjoying the walk, enjoying the sounds of the birds. Just then I heard the sound of a waterfowl, I looked toward the direction of the sound and up, there flying above the river was this juvenile Bald Eagle.

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Amar

Bald Eagle

Bald eagle

This juvenile Bald Eagle was perched on top of the tree warching the Ravens finish off small bits of meat left on a carcass. There were close to twenty Ravens cleaning up the carcass, it did not take long for them to do their part. The eagle came into the area and watched for few minutes and then decided to move on. The Ravens soon left the area as well, replaced by few Black-billed Magpies.

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Amar

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

The birds are making their way back to the mountains. As for the Bald Eagles, one or two can be spotted over the winter, even more this warm winter. But those who did leave for warmer waters are returning, I have been spotting them through out the valley, including this one at the Vermilion Lakes.

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Amar

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Winter is here but there is still enough open water for the some of the Bald Eagles that are still in the mountains.  Even when the lakes are frozen over, there is open river water, and when most of that freezes over, they can then head for warmer area. Until then this one is keeping company in Bow Valley.

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Amar

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

 No matter who you are in nature, there is always someone who is ahead of you. This Bald Eagle would normally be catching fish from the open waters, but this time the fish it wanted was in a small pool of water surrounded by trees. There was no way for it to fly in and grab one from the water, instead the eagle was hoping the four legged friend below, a young grizzly, would leave some scraps behind for it to pick up. It flew from one perch to another to get closer, then it saw an opportunity, it flew down but at the last minute with the risk too high, it flew out of danger. That's when this picture was taken. The eagle once again safely perched, waited for the next opportunity. 


Until next moment, 

Amar

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

It would have been lot easier just to stay home with heavy wind pushing around the falling snow. But when all you can do is think about missing out on photo opportunities, its hard staying home . So, out I went for a drive and a walk and just when I was about to head home I saw why I was out there. In the distance the water fowls were scattered by Bald Eagle overhead.  It took small effort, but I focused on the eagle through the snow and got my picture and then returning to warm dry place. 


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Amar

 

 

Blad Eagles

To see more of nature one has to blend in and not stand out. I spent few hours behind a tree from a snow storm, watching these two Bald Eagles perched on a nearby balsam popular tree. I took pictures of them and learned about them as they reacted to their surrounding.  In the case of this picture, the eagle on the top flew after geese  that landed on the river nearby. On its return both started calling out as the storm continued.

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Amar

Bald Eagle

Both the Golden and the Bald Eagles are a challange to get good pictures of in the mountains. Of the two, you have a better chance with the Bald Eagles, since they reside closer to the bottom of the valley. I often see them near the lakes or the rivers, perched on top of the trees. This one was on a tree that was next to the Bow River. When I came across it, I was able to get the pictures and then I quickly moved on.

Until next moment,

Amar

Bald Eagle

 Did not notice the Bald Eagle right away, perched twenty meters from the ground on a dead Douglas fir. I was helped by the calls of a Black-billed Magpie, it was trying to harass the eagle. I tried to get a clear picture of the eagle but the branches were in the way. So I decided to wait and see if it would take off. I figured finding it in an area where there are not spotted and the harassing it was getting from the magpie, it was not going to be too long before it would take to air. So I waited and stepped back, before long it was flying. 

until next moment,
Amar

 

 

Bald Eagle

Never can get enough of seeing and photographing Bald Eagles. This one was spotted perched on a tree next to a river, if it wasnt for its white head, I would have missed it. I find in the mountains they like to have large personal space, so when this one was only about 40 meteres away, I did not waste any time.

Until next moment,

Amar

Bald Eagle

Many of us may have images of Bald Eagle catching fish just below the water surface for food. But they are just as content to find a carcass and fill their stomach with. Here a Juvenile Blad Eagle removes one of the kidney from what might be part of a white-taled deer carcass in the river Kootenay National Park.

Until next moment,

Amar