Thursday, January 17, 2008

Wet Snow

The eagle on the rock in the foreground has its wings spread, trying to dry them out a bit after a wet snow. Goldfish and I saw what happens when a soaking wet eagle - especially an immature on with more wing mass - tries to fly this afternoon. There was a bald eagle sitting on our neighbor's car and as we approached it took off. It tried desperately to gain altitude but couldn't clear the three story building next door and had to perform a very un-eagle-like maneuver at the last minute, completely losing any appearance of dignity and crashing to the ground in the process. We last saw it walking to the top of a snowbank, looking very confused and embarrassed.


Cris said...

How can you tell when an eagle is ebarrassed ? LOL

But seriously, yesterday I found a few photos on the AP Wire which had the following caption: " Eagles await transfer to a warm U.S. Fish and Wildlife warehouse after being rescued from the cold on Friday Jan. 11, 2008 in Kodiak, Alaska. They were among 50 eagles which dove into the back of an uncovered dump truck full of fish guts and became too wet to fly away."
They all looked angry and wet!
Poor babies!!

Lothian said...

Poor thing. He sounds like the Steve Erkel of eagles.

AlaskaSteve said...

Chris, I read that story as well - unfortunately, many of the eagles in that incident died and the pictures were indeed heartbreaking. The only good news is that the cannery is going to donate a lot of money to raptor rehabilitation programs, and they did make a heroic effort to save as many of the eagles as they could when they realized what was happening.

AlaskaSteve said...

Lothian, if I would have had a camcorder . . . . the eagle actually hit the building but you could tell it truly believed it could fly over it, right until the last minute . . . . it wasn't even close!

Zack said...

I showed my manager Mike O. his first ever eagle sighting. He hasn't seen an eagle before and he's like 53. He said he is pretty jealous of you.