Chris Beach got this wonderful photo of the juvenile Tundra Swan as it flapped its wings in the Gualala River.
The swan hasn't been seen for a few days, so perhaps he/she has moved on. Mel Smith told me he saw the swan flying northward late last week.
We've had visits from mature Bald Eagles recently. I'll be posting about them soon.
Thanks to Chris for allowing me to share his photo with you here.
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/
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.
Rick and Teresa Denniston spotted this 3+ year old Bald Eagle perched on a tall snag below their Gualala home. Two Common Ravens are seen below the big Eagle.
The Ravens were trying to harass the Bald Eagle. You can watch a short video of this at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1WXjv1on3w&feature=youtu.be
The Bald Eagle doesn't seem too concerned about the Ravens. What strikes me is how much bigger the Eagle is than the Ravens. This Bald Eagle will soon be growing out white feathers on his/her head, denoting that it is an adult.
There have been multiple sightings of what we presume is the same Eagle. Chris Beach took this photo late last year.
Thanks to Rick and Teresa, and to Chris, for allowing me to share their photos and video with you here.
Chris Beach recently photographed two adult Bald Eagles sitting on snags in the Gualala River.
Around the same time, a young Bald Eagle, was seen near the river mouth.
Perhaps by next year this Bald Eagle will be a mature with a totally white head.
A mature Bald Eagle was seen flying over the river this Friday, and we are encouraged by all these sightings. Our hope is that a pair will mate in the watershed of the Gualala River.
Thanks to Chris for allowing me to share his photos with you here. It is a spectacular day on the Mendonoma Coast today. Gray Whales have been seen to add grace to this day.