This is my wetland front yard; a Douglas Fir stand is near the edge at the opposite side.
It’s not unusual for an occasional Bald Eagle to soar above these trees.
A group of ducks had been paddling around on a small pond of water below the trees. My attention and camera were focused intently on them, when, in a blink… they seemed to vanish. I wondered, “Why did they scatter so suddenly?”
As a massive fir branch bounced under the weight of an unexpected arrival… the answer was immediately clear… A Bald Eagle had landed…
The regal bird remained until it seemed satisfied that no duck was likely to come forward. Without a prospect for a meal here, he took off with a hefty push.
The whole while I kept thinking, ” How lucky am I to have had my camera, with the appropriate lens attached, in hand?”
Adult Bald Eagles have white heads and tails with dark brown bodies and wings. Their legs and bills are bright yellow. Immature birds have mostly dark heads and tails; their brown wings and bodies are mottled with white in varying amounts. Young birds attain adult plumage in about five years.
Background Information from All About Birds
The plumage on the Bald Eagle I photographed matched that of a young bird at about four years of age.
This post was inspired by Len-Artists Challenge #30: Unexpected (Thank you, LEYA)