The eagle has (not) landed

November 25, 2008 20:05 – 20:05

I usually walk and/or run 6 to 8 miles a day. On some of these journeys, I see some interesting things along the way. Today, I parked about half a mile south of Alexandria, and began my walk, planning on walking to the top of Alexandria, then back to my car. About ¾ of a mile into my walk, however, I espied a bald eagle perched in a tree on the eastern edge of the Belle Haven County Club’s golf course. This is where Cameron Run dumps into the Potomac. The red dot marks the approximate location where I first saw today’s eagle.

I immediately turned around and went back to my car to get a camera with a decent lens—a cell phone camera wouldn’t do. When I got back to where I’d seen the eagle, it had left its perch, and was in flight. I saw it swoop down and pick something up from the water on the west side of the Parkway. At first, I thought it might be a fish. But, it was a large stick—suitable for building an aerie. Stick in its clutches, it crossed the Parkway and swooped close to the water, dragging the stick in the water. Maybe it needs to be wet for the aerie? Who knows? In any case, I eventually lost sight of it. But, this is what I saw. These were shot using a Canon SX10 IS, which has a 20x optical zoom. Except for the 2nd picture, these were all shot at 20x. Yay for image stabilizers!

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