Monday, February 23, 2009

Eagles Vacationing in Kodiak

About 3 weeks ago when coming from the airport, I saw about 100 eagles within a 2 block area. So by noon I was back out there attempting to photograph them. 

It was a peculiar sight with about 50 eagles swirling around in a group like you would expect to see of birds flying south for the winter. Rumors have it that they are not all Kodiak's eagles. Many of them come here from the Kenai Peninsula (9 hour ferry ride from Kodiak). They are here to enjoy the leftovers from the fish processing plants. Since the eagles can find only limited fish in the nearby bays, they must resort to becoming scavengers at the plants.

One of the pictures shows an eagle on the roof of our house. That is because our neighbor left a deer carcus for them to feast upon. He was just waiting his turn as the other 25 got their snack.

One set of pictures I took during the summer showing the different layers of the eagle's eyes just for anatomic interest.

You will be able to tell the different ages of the eagles by their coloration. The juveniles are mostly brown in color and do not yet have the distinctive markings until about the age of 3.

Enjoy the other photos they was have at:.....

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