Diane Bley noticed these two mature Bald Eagles perched in a tree near Goat Rock in Jenner on Friday, Oct 20th.
We have hopes that this pair will nest in the Jenner area early next year. Here is what the Cornell Lab of Ornithology says about these beautiful eagles:
"The Bald Eagle has been the national emblem of the United States since 1782 and a spiritual symbol for native people for far longer than that. These regal birds aren’t really bald, but their white-feathered heads gleam in contrast to their chocolate-brown body and wings. Look for them soaring in solitude, chasing other birds for their food, or gathering by the hundreds in winter. Once endangered by hunting and pesticides, Bald Eagles have flourished under protection."
To hear the call of a Bald Eagle, here is the link: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Bald_Eagle/sounds
It is surprising how weak their calls are! I didn't know that until I listened while composing this post.
Thanks to Diane for allowing me to share her photo with you here.
One of the mature Bald Eagles flew towards the Gualala River yesterday, and I had a nice sighting of my own. The big eagle landed on the sandbar of the river and stared out to the ocean. After about twenty minutes, the bald eagle flew over the ocean, dipping down several time, attempting to find a fishy meal.
Ken Bailey photographed the two bald eagles with the backdrop of a large wave several weeks ago.
We wondered if this might be mating behavior, but it is very late for that activity. Playing? Fighting? Practice mating? No one knows for sure.
What we do know is we have two mature bald eagles here for several months now. In the late afternoon they fly north.
Thanks to Ken for allowing me to share his photos with you here. To see much more of Ken's nature photography, here is his website: http://www.seadreams.org/
Paul Brewer's wife, Jacquie, called out for him to get his camera quick! There in a tree by their Gualala home was an immature Bald Eagle.
Robert Keiffer and Ron LeValley took a look at Paul's photo and determined this is a one-year old Bald Eagle, an immature. They can fly great distances, so we have no idea if this eagle was born near here, or somewhere much further away.
Here is a photo Chris Beach took of the two mature Bald Eagles, presumably a mated pair, that have been thrilling us with sightings by the mouth of the Gualala River.
And we have news that there is a confirmed Bald Eagle nest north of Gualala, on private, remote land. I was told there was an active nest last year, and again this year. Perhaps we will have a nest discovered in the watershed of the Gualala River too. These are exciting developments for those of us who love these magnificent birds of prey.
Thanks to Paul and Chris for allowing me to share their photos with you here. To see much more of Paul's nature photography, here is the link to his website: http://www.capturingnatureswonders.com/
Craig Tooley also photographed the two Bald Eagles that were seen on the sandbar of the Gualala River last Sunday.
Craig says this photo needs a caption. Do you have a good one? If so, please send it to me at mendonomasightings.gmail.com
I will share the best captions and let you know which one Craig picked as the best.
Thanks to Craig for allowing me to share his photo with you here. To see much more of Craig's nature photography, here is his website: www.ruffimage.com
On Sunday, two mature Bald Eagles were seen on the sandbar of the Gualala River and Chris Beach photographed them. One of his photos will be in this week's Independent Coast Observer in my Mendonoma Sightings column. His other two photos I share with you here.
The first photo shows a nice flyby of one of the Bald Eagles - just magnificent.
And the second shows one of the Bald Eagles bringing an Eel back to where the other Eagle waits.
Are they a mated pair? No nest has been found...yet!
Thanks to Chris for allowing me to share his photos with you here.