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    Something I will never forget

    On Sunday, the wife and I and our son took a day trip to a beautiful little state park in central CT. They have BBQ pits and a great pond with Rainbow trout in it. I was fishing, not really getting anything, just a few bluegill and a small trout when I started watching this redtail hawk circling over the water. It made a few passes before hovering over the water and then just dropped out of the sky and straight into the water. Sure enough, out he comes with a large trout clutched in his talons and starts to fly away. The wife and I are looking at each other and both said, "did you just see that?" No sooner had we asked the question, a Bald Eagle swooped in out of nowhere and attacked the hawk in the air. The hawk dropped the fish and before it fell in the water, the Eagle swooped down and caght it in midair, flying off with its bullishly aquired meal. Well, I know this sounds too good to be true, but it really happened, we saw it all. This is the second time I've encountered a Bald Eagle in nature, the first time Kira and I were riding our horses along the river back in OH (the day after I was awarded my Eagle Scout badge) and one flew right over our heads, maybe 15 ft above us. All in all, a very relaxing Sunday spent with my wife and son in the great outdoors. What a truly awesome creature the Bald Eagle is.

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    And you didn't have your camera with you, did ya'?

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    We have several Bald Eagles wintering over in our area each year. I see one occasionaly eating road kill Elk. The only ones I see fishing here are Osprey. They are also magnificent birds.


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    Hey Nuke you should come to the swamp as we have them all. Yes they are magnificence birds. Chicken hawk(redtail), Osprey,and the Bald Eagle.

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    I've only seen a few while hiking or camping... When I do see them I stop whatever I'm doing so I can absorb every second of the moment. Truly awesome.
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    Seasonally, we have lots of baldies. One of them has a habit of fishing for his dinner right at the head of one of our island's sounds, where our village is, and right at the usual tourists'-dinner time, so our tourists get quite a show while they're dining.
    At our house, we have a sharp-shin hawk who "prospects" our bird feeders, morning and evening. She mostly gets pine siskins, God's little victims (because there are so many of them, and they are all so stupid). We worry about the chickadees, nuthatches, and goldfinches when she's around, but they seem smart enough to always escape...so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baldy View Post
    Hey Nuke you should come to the swamp as we have them all. Yes they are magnificence birds. Chicken hawk(redtail), Osprey,and the Bald Eagle.
    You forgot the Sandhill Crane. First time I saw one one those things walking down the road I thought it was a Pterodactyl!

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    We use to have a cabin in the Adirondack mountains, near Lake Placid. There were two nesting pairs on the lake. One male was watching my dad and I yellow perch fishing from a big dead tree on the shore.

    One of the small perch got the hook too far down inside, and didn't make it to be released. As a joke, Dad waved he dead fish over his head, and tossed it as far from the boat as he could.

    The eagle perked up, jumped off the branch and swooped right down. He snatched the perch from the water and flew it back to the nest, half a mile up the lake. In 15 minutes, he was back, sitting on the same branch, watching...

    I said to my Dad... you don' think he's waiting for another handout do you? I tossed one this time. He swooped down again, grabbed fish number 2, and flew back north. This time, he didn't come back. I guess he went home to tell the "wife" how easy "work" was today... He got the afternoon off...

    Come to think of it, she probably put him to work at home doing nest repairs... poor shlub.

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    I have several Red Tailed Hawks and a couple Bald Eagles that live withing 2 miles of my house. Amazing birds. The one thing I've misses as of late though is the two beautiful Owls that used to live down by where we keep our horses. This thread got me thinking, and I haven't seen them in a year or more.

    Anyway, when they say Owls can fly silently, they aren't kidding. I had one fly right past me thru some trees once, and only noticed it after my dad said something. He was riding behind me, and saw the Owl fly right over my head by about 5 feet. I never even heard as much as a flutter. Beautiful animals though.

    I'd love to see a strike on the water though. I've seen a couple of "just afters" but never in progress.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Todd View Post
    You forgot the Sandhill Crane. First time I saw one one those things walking down the road I thought it was a Pterodactyl!
    Yep! They are beautiful birds too. All kinds of different birds down on the Indian River.

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