My Closest Encounter with a Bald Eagle

posted by Greg Kretschmar - 

It was the craziest thing I've seen an eagle do. And it was the closest I've ever gotten to one.

I was watching this eagle in a nest (which baby chicks) from about 100 yrds. 

Suddenly she swooped down off her perch and flew straight at us-  and she came in WAY CLOSER than I've ever see a bird do. She was about 15 feet above us, and 12 feet in front of us - and she flew right at me and then flapped her wings and hovered. She was SO close- I couldn't even get the whole bird in my camera frame for the first shot - 

She hovered for a moment - then flew back to her perch. Then she did it AGAIN.

I know some of you may laugh - but man, it was exhilarating to see! When a bird with a 6 ft wing span hovers over you - it will take your breath away! ESPECIALLY THAT bird....

Crazy, but awesome.

Hope you like the pics. They are uncropped - full shots. 

g


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