Bald Eagles of Loch Raven

Part III of Bald Eagles of Loch Raven

This series of photos was taken from the Loch Raven Drive Bridge in Maryland on February 1, 2015. There was a big sheet of thin ice near the bridge that day and the eagles kept coming close to look for dead fish in the ice.

Two juveniles put on a good show in a brief altercation for dominance of a prime fishing spot. At least that is my guess for the reason of their squabble.

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A young bald eagle twists into a roll as his rival dives in from the upper left – February 1, 2015

The above photo shows a young eagle twisting himself into a roll as his rival dives into frame from the left.

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Juvenile bald eagles vie for dominance at Loch Raven Reservoir, MD – February 1, 2015

Although I failed to capture an image of it, he was inverted for a split second and both birds thrust their talons at one another.

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A young bald eagle on the ice of Loch Raven Reservoir, MD – February 1, 2015

After their brief show of force they went to separate sides of the bridge and I was able to get a couple of close fly-by shots.

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A juvenile bald eagle near the Loch Raven Drive Bridge – February 1, 2015
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A juvenile bald eagle near the Loch Raven Drive Bridge – February 1, 2015

I contemplated not posting this picture because the eagle’s face is partially obscured by his wing; however, I like the sense of depth you get in this image. There are some pretty good details visible in his feathers too.

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A juvenile bald eagle takes of from the ice – Loch Raven Reservoir, MD on February 1, 2015

I stopped by the bridge on February 3, 2015 and the warmer temperatures and high winds had broken the ice sheet apart and the eagles were further out on the thick ice.

Unless the temperatures take another dip for a couple of days the lack of ice will probably keep the eagles further out, although they do sometimes perch in the trees near the east side of the bridge.

Read Part II of Bald Eagles of Loch Raven

Read Part I of Bald Eagles of Loch Raven

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