Welcome to my new blog!
Although I may feature some more winged animals, this blog is dedicated to documenting the eagles at Shiloh National Military park. I decided that, since I enjoyed sharing so many images from the 2009 eagle nesting season, I'd start a blog with that special purpose.
This way I can not only share images but information, exciting moments and interesting experiences as well.

If you visit the eagles, I would like to ask that you please respect the rules.
There are designated areas to park and PLEASE always be respectful.
Viewing these birds is a unique privilege...Please don't get that privilege taken away from everyone!!!

Two Turtles

Since I get asked often about the image of an adult eagle bringing two turtles to the nest, I have decided to post the link so that it can be easily found.
"Two Turtles"


some interesting facts:

Hiram and Julia (an American bald eagle pair named after General Grant and his wife) made their nest high in a pine tree beside a road in Shiloh National Military Park. They raised a pair of eaglets during the 2008 nesting season and then two more eaglets the following season. The pair have been photographed carrying fish, turtles and small rodents to their young.

*American bald eagles mate for life.
*The female American bald eagle is slightly bigger than the male.
*Females and males can be distinguished by the depth of their beak.
*The American bald eagle was taken off the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants list in June 2007.
However, the bald eagle is still a protected animal.
*Young eaglets do not have the white head and tail feathers of their parents. Their white feathers will grow in somewhere around five years of age.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

time to roost

This eagle flew in as the night was taking over. It was too late for a detailed shot...but a silhouette can be beautiful too. :)


Thursday, June 2, 2011

eagle yawn


Saturday, May 28, 2011

in the heat

There wasn't much movement going on while I was at the nest. Of course, who could blame them...It was HOT!


Sunday, May 15, 2011

wall worthy

Every year that I have been a regular photographer at the tree, I have come away with one image in particular that holds a deeper meaning for me. For some reason I am drawn to it and, eventually, it will become a piece of artwork on my wall. This year...This is that image, I think...

(The image became a key component in my July 4th tribute as well as my 9/11 memorial tribute.  Posted 10/21/11)


the feathers

During some "down-time" waiting for the eagles to return, I happened to notice a few feathers on the ground. They were so beautiful!
Since you are not supposed to take eagle feathers, I decided to "capture" them with my camera instead. :)


Wednesday, May 11, 2011

more baby pics


some baby pics


Friday, May 6, 2011

beautiful evening


sharing a meal


Saturday, April 30, 2011

lots of flying

a younger eagle (perhaps from a previous year) circling close to the nest tree


Friday, April 29, 2011

a beautiful day


Friday, April 22, 2011

Short Flight


Sunday, April 17, 2011

the growing babies

I had a wonderful time watching the babies today. They are growing and moving around more in the nest. One of them was quite active where I could get a decent view...as the little one was fighting sleep before finally fallng into a nap. :)

[Note: You can see both babies in the second shot.]