Kip’s Comments 3-10-19

Adult Bald Eagle With Leg Band - Image 548794 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Observations Without Explanations

During my first outing outside today I was able to photograph an adult bald eagle feeding on carrion. It wasn’t until I studied the images on my computer that I realized the eagle was sporting a band on its left leg. Unfortunately I was not able to read the numbers/letters on the band that might identify the bird. I sent an email to a raptor expert in hopes they might offer some information.     

Adult Bald Eagle with A Leg Band: 

Adult Bald Eagle With Leg Band - Image 548791 (© Kip Ladage)

Adult Bald Eagle With Leg Band – Image 548791 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Adult Bald Eagle With Leg Band - Image 548794 (© Kip Ladage)

Adult Bald Eagle With Leg Band – Image 548794 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Adult Bald Eagle With Leg Band - Image 548799 (© Kip Ladage)

Adult Bald Eagle With Leg Band – Image 548799 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Adult Bald Eagle With Leg Band - Image 548800 (© Kip Ladage)

Adult Bald Eagle With Leg Band – Image 548800 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Adult Bald Eagle With Leg Band - Image 548804 (© Kip Ladage)

Adult Bald Eagle With Leg Band – Image 548804 (© Kip Ladage)

   

Later I went back out in hopes of finding that same eagle so I could shoot more pictures of the leg and band – hopefully at closer range. I did not find the banded eagle, but did find several others that allowed for images to be recorded.   

Adult Bald Eagle in Flight:   

Adult Bald Eagle in Flight (Close) - Image 548982 (© Kip Ladage)

Adult Bald Eagle in Flight (Close) – Image 548982 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Adult Bald Eagle in Flight (Close) - Image 548991 (© Kip Ladage)

Adult Bald Eagle in Flight (Close) – Image 548991 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Adult Bald Eagle in Flight (Close) - Image 549036 (© Kip Ladage)

Adult Bald Eagle in Flight (Close) – Image 549036 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Adult Bald Eagle in Flight (Close) - Image 549065 (© Kip Ladage)

Adult Bald Eagle in Flight (Close) – Image 549065 (© Kip Ladage)

       

To find more eagles involved a snowshoe hike in the deep snow.       

Snowshoe in Snow:     

Snowshoe in Snow - Image 548931 (© Kip Ladage)

Snowshoe in Snow – Image 548931 (© Kip Ladage)

 

While snowshoeing I came across a very long river otter track that stretched a quarter mile or more in the open (the segment I was following). I followed the track as long as needed to return to my truck. I can only wonder where the otter outing began and where it ended. I also wonder how the river otter knew where a different water source might be, or was it wandering aimlessly (I doubt it)?   

River Otter Track in Snow:   

River Otter Track in Snow - Image 548937 (© Kip Ladage)

River Otter Track in Snow – Image 548937 (© Kip Ladage)

 

River Otter Track in Snow - Image 548965 (© Kip Ladage)

River Otter Track in Snow – Image 548965 (© Kip Ladage)

 

River Otter Track in Snow - Image 548971 (© Kip Ladage)

River Otter Track in Snow – Image 548971 (© Kip Ladage)

 

My final wildlife observations for the day were three young wild turkeys that appeared to be struggling to find food in an open field. The wind battered them and they frequently sunk into the snow.     

Wild Turkeys in Snow:

Young Wild Turkeys in Snow - Image 548818 (© Kip Ladage)

Young Wild Turkeys in Snow – Image 548818 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Young Wild Turkeys in Snow - Image 548839 (© Kip Ladage)

Young Wild Turkeys in Snow – Image 548839 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Young Wild Turkeys in Snow - Image 548863 (© Kip Ladage)

Young Wild Turkeys in Snow – Image 548863 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Young Wild Turkeys in Snow - Image 548866 (© Kip Ladage)

Young Wild Turkeys in Snow – Image 548866 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Young Wild Turkey in Snow - Image 548880 (© Kip Ladage)

Young Wild Turkey in Snow – Image 548880 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Young Wild Turkey in Snow - Image 548912 (© Kip Ladage)

Young Wild Turkey in Snow – Image 548912 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Young Wild Turkeys in Snow - Image 548919 (© Kip Ladage)

Young Wild Turkeys in Snow – Image 548919 (© Kip Ladage)

 

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