July 4th, 2019
Ok, is there a missing eagle at Lynx Lake?
Well the last few days the two eagles at Lynx Lake have been a little harder to spot. In fact one eagle has not been seen for a few days. That’s always a concern. Makes you think could something of happened to one of them? So I asked around and after talking with some locals and formulating my own opinion, I think the eagles may of just become new parents. Now, I understand this seems extremely late, given that eagle hatchings in the southwest US generally occur from January to March, but consider a couple things. There was a fire a couple months back that directly burned the area around one of their nests. Also the fact that winter was extended this year, I mean it snowed at my place in Prescott about a month ago. Its easy to be wrapped up in our busy lives and not even consider how little events like these affect the wildlife in the area. I certainly didn’t think about it in the past. Just saying, these could be factors that have effected the eagles routine.
So get this, I wrote that first paragraph a day and a half ago and have since got an update. Local workers in the area said the eagles did have young ones and that ’s the reason why the other eagle has not been around. Right on! Stoked to get some photos of some young eagles.
July 4th, 2019
Welcome to my new blog! In this forum, I will be posting a minimum of one blog per week. Typically something short and sweet, like going into details on a photograph, or teaching a little (also I am putting out a few basic photography videos real soon), or possibly something I am targeted on that week, etc….
Which leads me to this weeks topic, more of an observation really, the bald eagle vs the osprey. These photos were taken yesterday. First off, I am not expert, in fact 2 years ago I had no idea bald eagles even existed in Arizona. And an osprey, what is that? They make great hydration packs. So I have come along way I guess is my point.
These photos were taken while these two were sizing each other up at Lynx Lake in Prescott . The two photos below were taken while they were looking at one another. Oh and by the way I am convinced any decent size body of water (speaking for AZ, for sure), that has a thriving food source (fish) more than likely there is a pair of bald eagles there. Learn where to look. I have spent endless hours on Youtube studying and learning the behavior of the animal I am trying to photograph. Makes sense to me. Learn where they sleep, when they sleep, what time they feed, etc… before you get out there.
Well, many may know the bald eagle is not a sharer, they are scavengers. Big bullies. An eagle’s wingspan reaches up to around 7 feet, may weigh up to 15 pounds, and they eat anything. Where as an osprey wingspan can reach up to 6 feet, weigh 3-4 pounds, and their diet is 99% fish.
So yeah, eagles are big bullies. But, THEY sure are fun to watch and one of my favorite animals. But these two birds had a standoff yesterday. The osprey wouldn’t dive in for lunch, and it’s demeanor totally changed when ever the bald eagle was around. Mine would too.
In fact it could of been these exact two birds about 2 months ago where I walked up to the lake at sunrise , had the lake to myself, and when I turned around, here comes the osprey flying towards me a bit, banking a big turn in flight over the lake with the bald eagle right behind it. I got a photo of it, though it’s not great, it is interesting. BTW, the osprey dropped the fish while eluding the eagle. Neither got it.
That will do it for today. Hey if someone actually reads this (yup talking to you) and has any questions, or ideas or wants to go shoot, lmk. Email or text me, phone number is on the website.