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  •  I've seen Bald Eagles on the beach (8+ / 0-)

    in the Pacfic Northwest quite often.  I've seen vultures flying over the shoreline pretty often but I don't think I've seen them sitting on the beach very much.

    "To see both sides of a quarrel, is to judge without hate or alarm" - Richard Thompson

    by matching mole on Sun May 19, 2013 at 01:52:30 PM PDT

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    •  watched one land in Carpinteria marsh water's edge (1+ / 0-)
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      swooped a few times, finally landed...the nearby gulls and terns moved slowly away..'oh, it's him again'

      he tried walking on some cobbles and wobbled and had to flop n hop over them..'my feets is hurtin'

      and then walked down the beach towards a group of seagulls.  When they ignored him, he got in some caricature of the vulture thug look, like in a Gary Larson cartoon, and bumped his wings out a little and started swaggering...the gulls flew, whereupon he rearranged his wings in a most self satisfied way...I swear he was smiling. he walked along the strand and looked at stuff n things for 20 minutes, then flew off. The beach was notable for being isolated and low grass all around.

      I watched a rehab TV calculate how to be still until his handlers came by and then reach out and snag their shirts from behind...and he was smiling...until she grabbed his beaks together..then he was embarrassed and reassumed a quiet dignity. but with a twinkle in his eye. They said they always must wear gloves cause he is sooo rambunctious and immediately starts biting. It looked to me to be bored rough housing than some wildthing reaction.
        The RT was the epitome of calm as were the eastern and western screech owls.
        Very interesting birds.

      This machine kills Fascists.

      by KenBee on Mon May 20, 2013 at 07:39:18 PM PDT

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