Friday, May 15, 2009

Skywatch Friday: Soaring Eagle

Back in March while visiting La Crosse, WI, we stopped by Myrick Park. Myrick borders the marsh of the La Crosse River, which in turn joins the Mississippi a few miles west. There are several hiking trails back into the marshland, which if not flooded, allow access to an abundance of flora and fauna. A beautiful, peaceful and pristine area.

One of the renewing species is the bald eagle. There were few, if any, 40 years ago, and now they once again soar above the bluffs rising up from either side of the river. As I was walking down the path, I was surprised to look up and see this eagle approaching... Yikes! again, my camera-work was shaky, but I managed to get a few shots. Once he landed on the ice, way in the distance, you could see him do a little "fishing."

By the way, they say that up on the Hixon Forest bluff trails, there have been black bear sightings as well. We're doing some hiking there this summer, but I do NOT want to run into Yogi!

See other Skywatch entries here.


Jacob said...

Great photos, MJ! It is so hard to catch an eagle in flight like that! You did good!

And it looks like this is a wonderful place to meander about in.

Lily Hydrangea said...

yeah, I would think it would not be a fun part of the hiking experience to meet up with a bear.
Great captures of the eagle!

Youvegotmaille said...

Wow, nice capture!

Syaa_Fiqq said...

Excellent capture. The flying eagle shot was awesome. Great work..

Jarart said...

Those eagle shots are great. It's so hard to capture them in flight like that! Awesome.

Greg Dimitriadis said...

Wow, the first eagle photo is excellent. Caught in full flapping mode!