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Regal Eagle at the Deli


Sometimes when I drive by this tree at the side of the estuary, it is loaded with bald eagles, decorating it like so many Christmas tree ornaments.

Today there was only one eagle — an immature one at that. The rest were busy foraging below the tree  and up the river mouth at the Regal Eagle Deli. The last putrefied chum salmon lie like wet paper towels on the banks, exposed by the dropping tide.

Perhaps this one had eaten his fill and couldn’t stomach one more mouthful of rotten fish.

“Oh rats!” he says. “Another bird watcher.”

“I’ll give her my Exorcist pose – body facing one way, head looking the other. That’ll confuse her so she won’t know which is front or back.”

“Now, where was I? Oh yeah … urp … trying to digest that disgusting fermenting fish.”

Regal eagle looks for food, 

Fish again? Not in the mood.

Chilly air, he shivers high

In the tree so he can spy

Rotten fish washed up below.

Better eat in case of snow.

Leaner times around the bend,

Need to eat or life could end.

Though he’d like fish still alive

Choosy eagles don’t survive.

Author: wordsfromanneli

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62 thoughts on “Regal Eagle at the Deli

  1. Beautiful, and so different 🙂
    All we see around here are Manatees, Dolphins, and Alligators 🙂
    Cheers !

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  2. Oh, with bald eagles – we had our fill! Good we had the guinea fowls to protect the chickens. I love your little rhyme and the picture is great!

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  3. Seeing an eagle in the wild is always a special treat. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos.

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  4. When my little Ivy returns from the doggie spa she looks like a main course for the local eagles. I keep a sharp eye on her while we walk the neighborhood. Love your poem Anneli and I can certainly understand the eagles wishing for a little variety in their daily caloric intake.

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  5. We had a eagle nesting in one of the trees in our yard in Comox. The only reason we knew it was there was because we saw the mother coming and going. We never did see the actual nest – she had it so well hidden.

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    • We usually have eagles nesting nearby and in a way it’s nice to see them but the downside is I have to watch out for the dogs (Emma anyway, where she’s smallish) and the other thing is the constant shrieking once the young are hatched. It goes on from morning to night.


  6. Great photos of the eagle!

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  7. I like the 2nd picture, Anneli. Thanks for sharing the picture and your thoughts,

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  8. This is a white-tailed sea eagle, isn’t it? Only that the tail doesn’t get white until it’s about five years old or something.

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  9. Very cool zoomed in photos. To see an eagle would be a rare treat for me. I haven’t even seen any at my dad’s ranch in Wisconsin. One time I saw a pair of them at the lake in our subdivision when we lived in Florida. I was able to get photos of them, and I still marvel that I actually got to see eagles in person in the wild. I can’t imagine it being an every day occurrence with them filling up the branches of a tree.

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  10. Poor baby! Maybe nobody told him where they were–they ditched him! Maybe you should have shown him the way? No? You are better at bird photos than anybody.

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  11. I like that you see eagles, Anneli. It is a nice change of pace. It was like a fun ditty, your poem. These were quite remarkable.

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  12. OH! I just love the image of eagles on a tree as if they’re Christmas ornaments! So incredible!

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  13. Wow. How do you get these shots???

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  14. Wow! How did you get such a good close-up?

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  15. Wonderful photos, Anneli. The salmon are pretty gross when they start decaying alive. Thank goodness we have these birds to clean them up.

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  16. What a grumpy eagle. But can we blame him? Fresh fish is so much better for the disposition. 😯

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  17. I liked this bird’s eye view of an immature eagle. I loved the poem, too.
    The ending made me sad, thinking these proud birds have to settle for rotting fish if they want to make it through the winter’s cold months.

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