Saturday, February 2, 2008

The Eagles are Back!

The Bald Eagles are back! If you haven't seen this astonishing sight, you should pack yourself a lunch and some cold co-colas, bring the binocs and settle in to quietly observe the pair of big birds hunting, fishing and feeding their eaglettes.

Each year the birds come back, build on to their already enormous nest and start hatching their young'uns, and each year we line up to watch as Mama fluffs in the nest, and Daddy makes breathtaking sorties from the highest branch, circles the horizon and comes back with dinner--rabbits, snakes (ick), and the occasional but thrilling fish. These are the same two eagles that come every year, and as a special note to my romance-writing friends, eagles mate for life. A good example as the National Bird if we can follow :)

Last weekend I saw two scruffy looking little poults, but I couldn't get a picture *guess who's asking for a better camera for her birthday*
If you go, remember not to disturb them, it is, afterall, their nursery, and it's against the law. And it's not very nice.The Llano eagle nest is about 100 yards off of Hwy. 29 halfway between Llano and Buchanan Dam.
Click Here for Map to the Eagles
(Warning! Clicking this button is a promise that you will not be mean to the eagles!)

Fun Eagle Facts:

  • Eagles mate for life
  • The Llano Eagle nest is the furthest west nest recorded in the state of Texas.
  • The Eagles usually stay through February
  • The female Eagle's wingspan ranges from 75" to 90."
  • She can fly 20 to 40 mph
  • She can dive at speeds exceeding 100 mph.
  • Bald Eagles weigh between 10 and 14 pounds
  • They live an average of 15 to 20 years.
  • Photo of the eagle in flight is by Bob Owens at San Antonio Express News.

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