Monday, December 18, 2006

My Christmas Present

Eagles completely vanished from this area of Georgia in the early 1920s and were listed as "extinct" in this region. About 25 years ago, a single mated pair showed up in the large swamp east of the city, the first in almost 60 years. Since then, 2 or 3 eagles have wintered over in the swamp every year; I've heard, some while back, a report that there were possibly 4 in the group at times -- 2 adults and 2 younger eagles. We would see 1 or 2 of them occasionally, although generally they tend to stay east of the city, and I personally would sight them only once every 3 or 4 years.

So I was completely unprepared this afternoon for the sight of 6 huge bald eagles, flying slowly with one pair in the lead and 4 others spaced out behind them, gliding silhouetted against the late afternoon sky. I cannot imagine any more moving gift, the awe and wonder of which are still with me even now, hours later.


Blogger noi said...

Remarkable the way the old girl can bounce back if she's given half a chance. I'm glad you got the chance to see them. Which reminds me of Shadow. . . where is Shadow the E=mc^2 bird?


5:27 AM  
Blogger Hedgie said...

Shadow's right here, still addicted to reciting Einstein's equation and singing "Happy Birdday" and "Itsy Bitsy Shadow went up the waterspout" whenever he gets the chance. He's become a bit of a local celebrity since we've been walking daily down along the Riverwalk and of course adores the attention, the lil' ego-glutton.

3:21 PM  
Blogger Rus Bowden said...

We have bald eagles back now around the Merrimack River the last couple years. They are amazing and unforgettable, the way they trace their image onto the psyche.

8:42 PM  

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