Cherish is my favorite word, and I cherish the ability of turning the routine into a beautiful moment.
Nature creates in me, a spiritual and meditative time to bring peace, harmony and balance, into an otherwise ordinary day~
Mary Howell Cromer







Saturday, June 13, 2015

The Bald Eaglets Have Fledged at Last~


Beautiful, thrilling, experience of a lifetime.  Feeling blessed, honored and a little bit sad, in that this season which came as a gift is nearing the end.  Will I have another time with these Bald Eagles next season, only time will tell.  I will miss the friends that I have made, the gentleman who let me stay and observe, the neighbors that are so kind in the area surrounding the nest site.  It has been a beautiful time.  Observing the behavior of these mighty birds, standing in awe of their majesty, and feeling weepy, whenever I would see one fly, or sometimes just chatter call, made me have goose flesh.  They are such grand birds, and I hope that these 2 beautiful, healthy Eaglets will have long lives ahead of them.  So many things create obstacles for them, just like anything else in nature.  I was fortunate to have this gift bestowed on me and shall be forever grateful.  I could have gotten even more spectacular images, but I stayed closely within my own guarded limits and did not deviate.  Now that they have fledged, I was able to move a wee bit closer, only to find one of them had gone back to nest to feed.   Many raptors will go back to nest to eat their meals for a while after they have fledged.  
Today is when we celebrate our family.  We began Family Day June of 1986 after we brought home our third daughter.  Our family was complete for the time, until grandchildren would arrive many years later.   There was 2 1/2 acres of mowing to do with a self propelled lawnmower, no rider for me.  Then the home still had Christmas stuff lying in the living room spaces, and I had to clean that up. Each person receives a little gift and then of course there is the going to market.  Why am I sharing all of this...I never got to visit very many of the blogs who shared on Wild Bird Wednesday meme as I was chasing time all over the place and the husby had Dr appointment's which ran on the same days of my 2, when my oldest daughter brought me 3 orphaned kittens, weighing 9 to 15 ounces a piece.  Add in a trip to Vet and now my beautiful dog has re-injured her front paw and she is n bed rest, as I cannot get her seen until Monday.  We can each only do so much and I really hate when this happens, and well I have spoken about how slow this laptop is...who likes molasses ;)  Happy Weekend, take care~

Remember to double click on the first image, to view a larger slide show presentation after you have read the narratives~

I will be linking up with Judith for:

www.lavendercottagegardening.com

&

Stewart for:
   http://paying-ready-attention-gallery.blogspot.com.au/








































The first series of images was taken on Sunday early morning and the ones below were taken on Tuesday.  One of the Eaglets had returned to nest to eat and I got a quick snap of it in flight when it left...awesomeness.  It is in the upper 80's and 90's and they pant like other creatures do~







21 comments:

  1. Thanks for taking the time to capture these beautiful eaglets as they have emerged from the nest into the world. They are truly beautiful! Wishing you a blessed weekend. Pam

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  2. wonderful to see them. hope your pup will be okay.

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  3. Wow Mary - what a fabulous photo-op you had with them!!! Beautiful!

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  4. Mary, breathtaking! spectacular photos every one! you have such a gift and the best of all is your wonderful heart. Precious times you have experienced.

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  5. So cool. The mosaic you created for image 10 is wonderful.

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  6. Hello Mary, It is sad to see the eaglets leave. But, it is also a happy time to see them thriving. Your family day sounds wonderful.. Sorry about your pup's sore paw! Enjoy your day and have a happy week ahead!

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  7. Mary what a joy to see the eaglets fledge but sad for you I am sure....thanks for sharing your eagles with us and I hope you had a grand Family Day!

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  8. What a good feeling to see the babies make it to this stage, I hope they survive well on their own.
    Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday Mary.

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  9. Hi Mary. A wonderful series of your encounters with this Eagle family .. hopefully they will all go from strength to strength.

    Hope you find time to chill out in between all that is happening.

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  10. Great news that they've fledged. Looking forward to next years chicks already. Lovely images.

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  11. Watching your eagles and eaglets has brought a blessing into all our lives. What a marvelous experience! Hope your Family Day was wonderful. You've been busy!

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  12. Hello Mary. I visited twice already for a catch up but each time got interrupted and had to break off, once by the telephone and then by Isabella. It's quiet now and raining outside and not a child minding day.

    There are always mixed feeling at this time of year in watching nests from the beginning as eggs blossom into chicks, families grow whilst avoid all the hazards thrown at them until they reach the point of completion. Your mixed feelings of joy and sadness are understandable but all we can do is wish them luck and hope that we can repeat the experience again next year.

    Now stop rushing around, take a well earned rest and enjoy.

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  13. Children always leave the nest in the end I suppose! Nice shots.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne (for a couple of days!)

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  14. Such a bitter-sweet post! The eaglets are just gorgeous and your shots amazing! I know it's hard in a way to see them fledge. And blessings to your family, as well!

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  15. Love your fledgings, they are beautiful Eagles.

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  16. Fantastic series of shots of this magnificent bird

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  17. Wow !!!
    Truly amazing what I see here.
    Great beautiful series of this bird of prey.

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  18. The lighting, the beauty of the pine, the magnificent birds....all such a wonderful array of a great season!! Wow.

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  19. kids grow up so fast, don´t they? Lovely set of images. It is like looking at a movie :)

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  20. I envy you for witnessing all this and thank you for taking photos of it. ;)

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