The Jump Off!

Here is the continuation of our bald eagle friend from yesterday… Once I saw that ‘look’, I knew he was likely ready to jump out of the tree and take off flying and that’s exactly what he did. Right after he cleared the tree the eagle swooped low and banked right flying right in front of me. In fact, he was so close I couldn’t fit all of him in my lens!

His next move was to do a wide circle over the marsh pond where just for laughs he buzzed a group of coots which were minding their own business at the far back edge of the pond. This naturally sent the coots scattering in a full blown panic. The eagle did not even attempt to grab a coot he just wanted to give them a hard time…which he is well known for doing! From there he flew up over the tree line and back across the salt marsh to go land in his favorite tall perch along the far side of the marsh. 

Bald Eagle Jumps Off From Pine Tree

Bald Eagle Jumps Off From Pine Tree

Bald Eagle Jumps Off From Pine Tree

Bald Eagle Jumps Off From Pine Tree

Bald Eagle Jumps Off From Pine Tree

Bald Eagle Jumps Off From Pine Tree

Bald Eagle Jumps Off From Pine Tree

Bald Eagle Jumps Off From Pine Tree

Bald Eagle Jumps Off From Pine Tree

39 thoughts on “The Jump Off!

  1. Last weekend, the Eagle flew over and the coots went a running!! I have a great picture of them “running” across the pond. Makes me chuckle. Thanks for sharing these. Great Snaps!!

  2. I work around a pretty large group of coots, and they panic when I come walking by. I figure that eagle represents a threat level a few times higher than mine – those coots probably were running to one another!

    • I sometimes think the eagle will purposely fly over coots and ducks and make them all scatter simply because he can. Even when not hunting the eagle strikes fear in to the heart of many a duck and the eagle knows it.

    • I wish it happened closer with those coots so I could have got a better look at the scene. I bet they are all flying and running into each other like crazy, but with good reason. Of course the eagle enjoys it quite a bit I’m guessing.

    • Especially around this time of year when all the ducks are in the eagle really is in charge! He flies by and they scatter! Well if they know what’s good for them they scatter!

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