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
Rick and Teresa Denniston hiked the Salal Trail, one of the public access trails on The Sea Ranch. When they reached the beach, they found this big piece of driftwood perched up on a rock against the bluff.
Rick also photographed a group of Harbor Seals hauled out on the sandbar of the Gualala River last Saturday. He took these photos from his home overlooking the river. In the first photo the seals are at the bottom right. The following photo is a closeup.
The Dennistons rent out their beautiful home, which is called Serendipity - here is the link. http://rentals.coastinghome.com/rns/property/Serendipit.aspx
Thanks to Rick for allowing me to share his photos with you here. More storms are lined up to hit the coast, beginning tonight. Batten down the hatches!
I attended the Women's March in Gualala this morning. While there, many people came up to me and asked if I had seen the big ocean waves, and if I had seen what had happened to the sandbar of the Gualala River. This is what the sandbar looked like on Thursday when Rick and I walked the Gualala Bluff Trail with our golden, Sunny.
And this is what it looked like today.
This doesn't happen very often! I was told that earlier this morning an ocean wave came completely over the river to the bank near where I was standing when I took this photo. And with more rain coming in later today, it will be interesting and fascinating to see what happens to the estuary of our favorite river.