Okay, don’t be alarmed, he didn’t actually capture the national bird, except digitally.
The photographer is our friend Brian Rayford of M5 Signs.
And today he got several shots over at Piney Run (I’m not telling you exactly where) of the eagle in its nest and another eagle flying about, apparently in search of food.
Bald Eagles, as you know, are the national bird. By the end of the 20th century, they were almost extinct on the continent, although doing fine in Alaska and Canada. They were once on the list of endangered species, but moved off that to the list of threatened species back in 1995, and were then removed from that list in 2007.
And there’s a pair in our neighborhood, and hopefully a couple more on the way.
Several weeks ago while sitting in his portable blind taking pictures of ducks at Piney Run, Brian says, “I noticed a very large nest across the lake and when I zoomed in I saw a bird with a white top.”
So today he went back and got this picture and several others.
He says, “The female was in the nest and the male was flying around looking for dinner.”
But I suppose he can’t really be sure of that. The male and females are identical in appearance and the female is actually the larger of the two by some 25 percent.
Brian used a Nikon D7000 camera with a 200mm-500mm lens to get this shot and several others and intends to return for more over the next few weeks.