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#1 chieffan OFFLINE  

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Posted December 24, 2014 - 12:52 PM

We are at 32° with no frost and no snow.  Give us plenty of time for other things we enjoy.  Butchered two white tails a week ago.  Put the carcasses out in the field across from the house to feed the eagles we have seen flying over occasionally.  The attached photo was taken out a partially opened door on our house.  The Eagles were about 500 yds away.  There are 9 bald and 4 golden eagles feasting on the tow deer.  The one bald is the dominant one of the bunch as he controls who eats when and for how long.  Got 5 shots of them.  Nature at its finest.

 

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Posted December 24, 2014 - 01:09 PM

Are those the Decorah Eagles?

We have watched the Decorah Eagles on the live-cam for a couple of years now.

It is very interesting & educational to watch them.


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Posted December 24, 2014 - 02:49 PM

Hi and Merry Christmas to you & yours.  No, those are not Decorah eagles.  Decorah is in extreme Northeast Iowa.  I am in Southwest Iowa.  90 miles East and a little South of Omaha, NE. and straight North of Kansas City, MO.

 

  Eagles are found around open water during the winter months.  In this area they follow along the rivers and small streams, where ever there is open water where the find fish.  They are scavengers so feed on animal carcases they find.  It is not uncommon for us to see one or two flying overhead as we have a lake to the East.  But this is the first time we have seen this many in one place and first time ever seeing Golden Eagles in this area.  Making a great come back.  Enjoy the photos.


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Posted December 24, 2014 - 02:53 PM

Great pics! Thanks for sharing them with us!

It's going to be brown down here to, I hope!



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Posted December 24, 2014 - 03:01 PM

I seen my first wild bald eagle this fall it was something I will never forget . Thank you for sharing this pictures with us it's really neat to see wild animal like the bald eagle making a come back

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Posted December 24, 2014 - 05:26 PM

Wow... I can't get over seeing that many bald eagles in one place. 

 

I saw one here one time, and that was exciting enough!

 

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Posted December 24, 2014 - 05:51 PM

We live in kind of a remote area.  Closest neighbor is over 1 1/4 mil away and not visible form our place.  1 1/4 mile on gravel to the pavement going West and 1 1/4 mile on dirt tot he south.  Lot of timber and heavy rolling hills between us and "civilization".  Makes a great place to see wildlife.  A few years ago we had about 120 wild turkeys with 50 yds of the animal barn.  We watched them work their way across a bean stubble for several days.  Every day they would get closer & closer.  Have photos of that also some place.



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Posted December 24, 2014 - 06:58 PM

Brown Christmas here in NY too, we also have Bald Eagles here too.



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Posted December 25, 2014 - 08:52 PM

I guess my dog thought the eagles had enough to eat and he carried the two remains home.  Yes carried.  He is a 80 lb Great Pyrenees and he don't have to drag anything if he don't want to !  Very gentle 8 yo farm dog.  Stays with the goats and cats in the barn most of the time.during the day.  At night he is on patrol.  Only problem is he thinks anything within a mile or more of home is his territory.  Neighbor to the West has a lot of cattle and he said since we got Jake his calf loss has went down by 75%.  Use to have a lot of coyote in this area but not any more.  With his size and long legs he can cover a lot of distance fast.  Guess I will have to find something else to feed the eagles.  Wonder if they like cats ? ? ? ? ?  NO?  Bad idea ? ? ?  OK.



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Posted December 27, 2014 - 10:35 PM

Wow... I can't get over seeing that many bald eagles in one place. 

 

I saw one here one time, and that was exciting enough!

 

Ben W.

Visit our city landfill,,,ministry did a head count of bald eagles at the dump,,,160 last count ..   always half that many in view waiting on whatever the heck they are feeding on....


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Posted December 28, 2014 - 07:45 AM

Guess I will have to find something else to feed the eagles.  Wonder if they like cats ? ? ? ? ?  NO?  Bad idea ? ? ?  OK.

 

I'm sure eagles like cats.  If a certain one doesn't behave, I might know one we can let them try.  :smilewink:

 

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Posted December 28, 2014 - 08:18 AM

Same here. No snow yet this winter which is unusual. It was in the 50s on Christmas day here. 



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Posted December 28, 2014 - 09:01 AM

We got enough white stuff to cover the grass yesterday. Does this help?






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