This week my intention was to capture the full moon, but for one reason or another I was striking out. So yesterday morning I stopped at the Palmetto Estuary near my home. I parked and walked out to the viewing platform. Much to my surprise I saw was this juvenile eagle in the moonlight about fifty feet away. As a photographer I know these opportunities don't come along everyday.
I don't know much about birds but this year I've been watching a YouTube channel on the progress of an eaglet known as E9. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-N2j5DESC0). I've come to learn a little about the behavior of eagles as they grow from a hatchling. I believe this to be a juvenile because the head is not completely white. Feel free to leave a comment and correct me if you know otherwise.
When I was growing up eagles were an endangered species. Since then the populations have recovered and sightings are more common. Because of their history I am still amazed at the site of these apex raptors. Having watched so much of their behavior this year I've also learned about their significant intelligence. It's a real eye opener for anyone who might think otherwise.
Eagles like this are accustomed to our presence. This guy (or gal) never moved the whole time I was shooting. I guess that's not surprising since they hunt, nest and breed in our towns and urban landscapes. Hopefully we can remain mindful of that by providing them the spaces they need to thrive and co-exist along side us. We will all be better for it.