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  •  Cheers to a new water effect in the pond. (16+ / 0-)

    Cheers to still looking for a "misting spray" that will work for hummingbirds who are our most delightful visitors to the feeders, flowers, and trees.

    Cheers to seeing a large bald eagle about 16 to 20 feet away from the open window of my pickup. It rose up out of the ditch on the left side of the road and flew parallel to and even with the truck for about 500 or 600 feet, then wheeled away further to the left and up a hillside.

    Cheers for getting Her Royal Highness Wife to look almost immediately. Cheers to HRH also for slowing me down on the trip back so she could see a roadkill deer in the ditch--which explained the eagle's behavior . . . but I still think it was "pacing" ye aulde pickup for the fun of it.

    Cheers to the kiddie pool for clear, cool water effects.

    We're all just working for Pharaoh.

    by whl on Thu Jun 05, 2014 at 06:00:28 AM PDT

    •  Didn't that startle you? (9+ / 0-)

      The eagle part.

      It's happened to me once.  I'm so not used to seeing them "down low".

      Plus, there's no such thing as a small bald eagle. :)

      "I'm not writing to make conservatives happy. I want them to hate my opinions. I'm not interested in debating them. I want to stop them." - Steve Gilliard

      by grog on Thu Jun 05, 2014 at 06:07:49 AM PDT

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      •  I don't have much of a startle reflex. (0+ / 0-)

        This eagle was large.

        We see them often but at distances of more than 400 feet. One Spring, for about 9 days, 2 adults and a fledgling came into our "back yard." We're on 10 acres so it was the far north acre . . . sort of. We took photos. Like so many limited cameras with very little telescopic gain, we can just show the very small images that are barely recognizable as bald eagles.

        The one that flew alongside was the closest either of us has ever been to an eagle. Even the ones we've seen in zoos are more than a 100 feet away.

        Truly awesome. The most stunning effect for both of us was the utter "whiteness" of the white feathers.

        We're all just working for Pharaoh.

        by whl on Thu Jun 05, 2014 at 09:56:28 PM PDT

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    •  Bald eagles up close are amazing. (8+ / 0-)

      I've seen one scavenging off some roadkill; yours in the ditch was probably working on some carcass there.  But for majesty, having one fly low overhead or close by is an amazing thing to witness. I'm fortunate that I'm close to a prime fishing ground for bald eagles (Susquehanna River) and I could drive up there and see one soaring every day if I wanted; but the up close encounters are the best.

      You can't spell CRAZY without R-AZ.

      by rb608 on Thu Jun 05, 2014 at 06:22:06 AM PDT

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