Bald Eagles in Essex

eagles-001Thursday, January 16th, 2014

One of the things I love about living in Burlington Vermont is how close I am to things I love. Things that truly sustain me. To the west and just beyond Lake Champlain, reside the Adirondack Mountains of upper New York State. The Adirondack Park, slightly north of six million acres, has a unique beauty and wildness all its own. A short ride (25 minutes) on the Lake Champlain (LCT) ferry run from Charlotte VT to Essex NY opens up an incredible array of natural beauty and wilderness.

Yesterday, as I was preparing my camera and lenses for the “magic hour” with high hopes of photographing the full moon rising above the Green Mountain of Vermont and across the open waters of Lake Champlain promptly ended when I came across an unexpected discovery.

eagles-002A tall tree at the water’s edge provided the ideal perch for a fleet of Bald Eagles. All FIVE were roosting surveying the shallows of Whallon’s Bay for their evening meal, perhaps anticipating the full moon rise as was I. It was so glorious a sight. These majestic creatures. Our nation’s symbol of boldness, strength and courage. Right there before my very eyes in such grandeur.

Suddenly, another, a sixth, airborne on currents of thermals swirling in concentric circles looking for fish joined us.

Such a glorious sight!


As for the full moon rising, that’ll have to wait for another lunar cycle. Hopelessly distracted, clouds and snow stole the show last night.

I just love mother nature.   

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