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15 March 2008 @ 11:39 pm
Haliaeetus leucocephalus  
I went to the hills close to my apartment this afternoon and there were these two eagles of some sort.





They are also known as Bald Eagles. The icon of America! It was cloudy when I first saw one.






Of to catch some fish!






The couple on their powerful perch. That's their nest.




So, I've seen bald eagles twice and have a photograph of them. I've seen Golden eagles like six times now and still not even a lousy shot. :(





 
 
 
depontideponti on March 16th, 2008 08:12 am (UTC)
well, the leucocephalus is a giveaway isn't it? :)

Where were you, to get that eye-level shot of the top of that tower?

Those are awesome photographs.

One day you will get the awesome shots of the Golden Eagles as well, and remember you read it here first! :)
Yathinyathin on March 17th, 2008 05:06 am (UTC)
> well, the leucocephalus is a giveaway isn't it?

That's greek or latin to most people. ;)
Premnath Kudvapremkudva on March 17th, 2008 10:13 am (UTC)
> greek or latin to most people. ;)

Rightly said;-) I would've thought it is some chemical.
IdahoSwedeidahoswede on March 16th, 2008 09:27 am (UTC)
Ooooh, wonderful shots.

We saw some type of crane or ibis in mid-migration in Egypt, perhaps a thousand or more, but I was sitting at the breakfast table at the time with no camera and no bird book for identification. Just know they were white with a broad black band on the underside along the edges of the wings. Somebody said ibis, but I think that was just a guess. Must remember to do a search on line. Must also remember to start carrying my camera with me everywhere I go.
Yathinyathin on March 17th, 2008 05:03 am (UTC)
Ibis have black heads. I guess what you saw were White Storks going back to Europe for spring? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Stork

IdahoSwedeidahoswede on March 17th, 2008 05:53 am (UTC)
I think you're right. After I commented yesterday, I got out my bird book and did some reading and comparing and I do think they were White Stork.
kejnkejn on March 16th, 2008 09:50 am (UTC)
love their feet! :)
Alikialiki on March 16th, 2008 01:46 pm (UTC)
oOooh, beautiful shots!
Shivakumarshivakumar_l on March 16th, 2008 02:08 pm (UTC)
Beautiful shots dude -- especially loved the feel in the first one.
velvetinkvelvetink on March 16th, 2008 02:13 pm (UTC)
oh terrific!, where were you when you took these?, very high up by the looks of it.

I've only seen a stuffed one in a museum...;(

the other day at the beach i saw a nankeen kestrel
http://bird.net.au/bird/index.php?title=Nankeen_Kestrel, but I'd already packed the camera gear away in the car by then. It was very tame came right up to the car park begging and picking up scraps of food.
Yathinyathin on March 17th, 2008 05:00 am (UTC)
I was on the road, which is fairly high.

Kestrels and Falcons are tough to shoot but make wonderful photographs!
calyx22calyx22 on March 16th, 2008 03:21 pm (UTC)
beautiful! and yes, where were you to get such a high shot? They are lovely.
Yathinyathin on March 17th, 2008 04:59 am (UTC)
The tower is down in the valley.
Harshakaadupapa on March 17th, 2008 06:21 am (UTC)
what a bird! what a shot!
1st pic is great! look at the nest! this eagle supposed to have the biggest and heaviest nest i guess!
Yathinyathin on March 17th, 2008 03:06 pm (UTC)
Re: what a bird! what a shot!
I had almost forgotten about the bald eagle nest trivia! :))
Origaoriga on March 17th, 2008 09:26 am (UTC)
Fantastic shots!
spring mountains --
a bald eagles' nest tops
the power tower

(or, how is it called?)

:)
Yathinyathin on March 17th, 2008 03:03 pm (UTC)
Re: Fantastic shots!
that's brilliant! :)
Origaoriga on March 17th, 2008 09:25 pm (UTC)
Re: Fantastic shots!
Glad you enjoy -- and thank YOU for the inspiration!
Premnath Kudvapremkudva on March 17th, 2008 10:12 am (UTC)
Wow! How close was the hill to the tower?
Yathinyathin on March 17th, 2008 03:05 pm (UTC)
Quite far... I'd say about 100 meters. And the tower is inside a private ranch and I guess anyone who does not know the rancher cannot get any closer. :(
(Anonymous) on March 17th, 2008 09:05 pm (UTC)
Leucocephalus
Hi! Leucocephalus is Greek indeed: leuco = white; cephalus = head; so white-headed.
Greetings from Vienna!
Nicola
Yathinyathin on March 17th, 2008 09:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Leucocephalus
Hi Nicola! Nice to hear from you!
(Anonymous) on March 18th, 2008 06:48 am (UTC)
Re: Leucocephalus
Hi, and it's nice to see you enjoy the West Coast!
(Anonymous) on March 23rd, 2008 02:30 am (UTC)
Where is this place ??
Hi Yathin ,

Sooooper shots of the eagles !!

Where is this place ?? Do you live somewhere in the high sierras :) ??

I live in Southern California .. would love to visit that place..
My only sighting of a bald eagle was when one was perched on a tree near walnut canyon (flagstaff)... I asked my friends to stop the car .. all i got was being laughed at :(
How long have they been nesting ?? Any ideas when the fledglings will start flying ??

Anand
Yathinyathin on March 23rd, 2008 02:48 am (UTC)
Re: Where is this place ??
The nest is inside a private ranch about 50 meters from a very narrow road near Milpitas. Here's about where the nest is:
http://maps.yahoo.com/#mvt=m&lat=37.463277&lon=-121.829007&mag=4