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.

Monday, January 17, 2011

a new beginning

Winter has made a mark already by leaving our area blanketed in the largest snowfall in years. While that might not be an event in other areas, a large snow is a big event around here. However, being largely house-bound for that period of time can create a lot anxiousness. I needed some time out!
After hearing some encouraging reports from Shiloh, I decided to take an opportunity to get outside and visit one of my absolute favorite locations...the nest tree! Although I didn't get to see the eagles, I was encouraged by a visit with another photographer who had seen them earlier and was able to see first-hand some of the new work done on the nest.

The nest tree stands tall with the snow still along the treeline in the distance.

The field is beautiful...waiting on eagle wings to fly again!