Happy Friday / Good Friday!
I have four images for you today that I’m showing because they tell a story and not for their image quality. I have saved these images for sometime now because I didn’t want to embarrass the eagle. 🙂
So as you view the first image (which was taken at the 16th Street Basin) you can see there is ice on the water. This eagle had been up rooted from his sitting place by a larger eagle and so he was moving to a new spot. He clearly thinks he is landing on another patch of “solid” ice. This was the last day, by the way, that there was ice on Basin.
This is that “Oh damn” moment when he breaks through the ice and sinks deep into the water.
It all happened so quickly I didn’t have a chance to feel concern for him and you can see, as he sinks deeper his powerful wings are providing some lift to extricate him from his predicament.
Free of the water and with his pride still in tact he flies off to another area, probably to the river where no one knows of his faux pas. How do I know that this is a male eagle? Simple a female eagle would have never made such a silly mistake. 🙂
I had an interesting experience yesterday. Normally when I don’t have a lunch meeting or someone to go to lunch with I will grab my camera, get a quick bite to eat and go looking for images. It was a nasty weather day yesterday with freezing rain and wet snow showers, so I didn’t take my camera with me. After eating a quick-lunch I drove out to the “Duck Pond” just to watch the geese (that’s all there is there right now) and to clean out my center console looking for my binoculars. I hadn’t been there very long when a car pulled over in front of me to park. I didn’t even glance up but I was aware that a person was approaching the driver’s side of my car.
They knocked on my window and when I looked up it was my good friend Andreas. He was on his way home from a business trip in Chicago. He saw my car from the highway and made an unscheduled stop. We had a wonderful conversation for about 30 minutes and got caught up on what each of us had been doing. It made my afternoon. 🙂
That’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.