To help me deal with all the recent stress, my husband and I like to go canoeing on Rocky Gorge Reservoir. We live close to Scotts Cove and keep our canoe down there. Last thursday was particularly difficult for me since we moved my oldest son into his college dorm. So after dinner, we headed out for a paddle.
On the trail out of the neighborhood we spotted a lone doe. She was cautious, but certainly not terrified.
We got in the canoe and headed to a place we sometimes call turtle cove (guess what we often see there). At the entrance of the cove, we saw two hawk-like birds fighting. At some point, the smaller of the two dropped the fish in his talons and the other one caught it in mid-air and swooped away.
Going further into the cove, we saw two more raptors in a tree. As one of them flew off, we saw the white head and tail marking it as a bald eagle. (I was soooo excited). A juvenile eagle was left in the tree. When I looked closely at my pictures of the two competing birds, I realized it was an osprey with the fish and the juvenile eagle trying to steal its meal. You can see the tail feathers on the eagle are just starting to turn white.
At the back of our little cove, we ran into a flock of geese. They looked wonderful against the new grass.
As we were headed back to Scotts Cove in the fading, we saw several herons. One of them was sitting high in a tree just watching. In trying to get a decent picture of it, I captured its reaction as a hawk or other raptor came flying by. My guess is that the heron knows how to take care of itself as the hawk flew away.
I know some of the shots aren't so great, but to me it was just so exciting to observe some of this wild behavior.