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    Default Edmonds Eagles 2017-2018

    Our local eagles usually disappear from mid August through early-mid October. Where they go I don't know, I presume they fly to where salmon are spawning. I typically close the season's eagle thread when they leave and start a new one upon their return.

    This year has been different as I don't believe the Pt. Edwards pair ever departed. I have been seeing one in the distance off and on throughout August into September. Perhaps it is related to their having a baby this year, although I have not seen the fledgling for quite some time.

    Thursday (9/21/17), the last day of summer, I photographed one of the pair at their usual perch on the tree at the top of Pine St. above the new apartment construction. I'll use two of my photos to start a new thread on this first day of autumn.

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    Last season's thread (2016-2017) is here:
    http://www.pnwphotos.com/forum/showt...Eagles-2016-17
    Last edited by Bill Anderson; 09-22-2017 at 11:10 AM.
    Bill Anderson; Edmonds (near Seattle), WA.

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    Wednesday afternoon (10/4/17) one of the Pt. Edwards eagles was perched by the 2017 nest. The eagle took off a few seconds after I stepped away from the camera.
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    I mounted the 500L telephoto + 1.4x TC on a tripod and attached my new/used 1Dx that I purchased from Kenmore Camera earlier this week. Terry feels I should start shooting in RAW to make maximum use of the camera.
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    Thursday afternoon (10/5/17) an eagle was soaring over the Sound north of Brackett's Landing, the air space of the Hutt Park pair.

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    I have a theory that a mated pair of eagles go their separate ways when they disappear every year in August and reunite back at their nesting territory in October. I believe one of the Pt. Edwards pair never left as I have been seeing one up at Pt. Edwards throughout August, September, and October. It appears to be waiting the return of its mate, which could be any day now based on my observations over the past 4-5 years.

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    It looks as though our 2017-2018 eagle season is in full flight.

    Sunday morning (10-22-17) I found a sub adult perched in one of the trees on Hanna Park Rd., a private lane that is visible from Caspers St. off the north end of Sunset Ave. This is the territory of the Hutt Park pair, so I wonder if the bird will remain in the area.
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    I am guessing it is a third year bird judging by the traces of black that remain in its head feathers.
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    I then drove up to Pt. Edwards. where I found both members of the Pt. Edwards pair perched in their tree atop Pine St. above the new apartment construction site. This is the first time I have seen them both together since August. I think one left the area for its seasonal sabbatical while the other remained. It will be interesting to see if their 2017 offspring returns to the area.
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    This one wasn't screeching, just yawning.
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    I have to get back into mid season form, as I missed getting takeoff shots of both birds.
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    Last edited by Bill Anderson; 10-23-2017 at 10:06 AM.
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    One of the Deer Creek eagles was in its nest Friday (11/17/17) afternoon.

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    Wednesday afternoon (11/22/17) a juvie eagle was perched in one of the trees off Hanna Park Rd. where I have often photographed adults. I wonder if it is one of the local fledglings from this summer.

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    Thursday morning (12/7/17) one of the Pt. Edwards eagles was hanging out at the pilings near the ferry dock.
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    It took off over the Sound.....
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    and returned with a fish.
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    Thursday (12/14/17) was predicted to be the last sunny day for awhile, so my son and I went down to the fishing pier to photograph birds. Eagles were flying across the Sound and around the marina. I assumed they were the resident Pt. Edwards pair until I looked at these photos after downloading them to my home computer. The traces of black on the eagle's white head and tail feathers lead me to believe it is not one of the Pt. Edwards adults but a third year sub adult.
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    An eagle flying west across the Sound with a fish in its grasp.
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    The Pt. Edwards pair were at their nest Friday afternoon (12/15/17). One looked as though it was rearranging sticks inside the nest.

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