Eagle Eye… “Keep an eagle eye on…” Ever hear that? According to an Internet article, eagles have two centers of focus meaning they can simultaneously see forward and to the side. http://www.baldeagleinfo.com/eagle/eagle2.html
The eagle sitting on the nest today has determination in her eyes that seem to starkly warn us, “Look out!” Mama’s going to have to look out for herself and for the safety of her eggs as a predicted winter storm approaches soon.
Someone has told us she looks like a Stephanie in her pictures. In Greek, Stephanie means Crown or Victorious. Mama eagle certainly deserves a name denoting integrity.
Snow followed by high winds… We couldn’t wait to see how the eagles had fared after two days of weather. “He” was nowhere in sight but Stephanie was on the nest “eyeing” us!
I was happy the upper crust of snow was tough enough to bear our weight since I was wearing clogs and not my boots. Ted, always prepared, was decked out appropriately for the conditions.
We noticed other birds in the woods and Ted managed to catch both a hawk
as well as a bluebird through his lense.
As for other fauna, we think these might be fox prints in the snow.
Wind-blown… Is Stephanie having a bad hair day? Ni modo, she’s still lovely.
But look at Stephanie’s eye today! Wow, Ted timed this photo right!
Eagles “have an inner eyelid called a nictitating membrane. Every three or four seconds, the nictitating membrane slides across the eye from front to back, wiping dirt and dust from the cornea.” An eagle can still see when the membrane covers the eye. http://www.baldeagleinfo.com/eagle/eagle2.html
Should we call the male George, as a friend suggests? We haven’t seen him lately but he’s easily identified in flight due to a left primary feather missing on his wing.