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I met a nice young couple and their children, who live on a very large farm, located in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Five generations have lived here, which makes it a special place! They told me that on cloudy, rainy and/or foggy mornings that a Bald Eagle sits in a big old dead tree. As much as I love birds, I had yet to see a Bald Eagle in the wild, other than a juvenile, while kayaking in Pennsylvania some time ago. I lucked out! Sure enough, it was cloudy and as I drove up the long drive, I spotted a big black bird in the faraway tree. Tip toeing and acting sort of nonchalant, I slowly closed in on the Eagle. I was ecstatic! Here, for the very first time in my life, I was capturing the United States symbol in my zoom lens. She sat for a while and then flew off in a large circle and then came back for a touchdown. Once again, she flew off. Each time, I had my camera on him and was speed shooting, trying very hard not to let her out of my sight.

Once so plentiful Bald Eagles were designated America’s national symbol in 1782. However, Bald Eagles had become indirect victims of an insect-killing chemical that made their eggs so brittle, that they broke when females sat on them. Unable to successfully hatch a brood, Eagle populations nationwide slowly declined and ultimately disappeared from many areas.

Bald Eagles were very close to distinction in Pennsylvania. In 1983, there were only three known nests. Since then, they have made an incredible comeback. In June, 2007, there were 132 known nests and 150 Eaglets. The state’s largest concentrations of Eagle nests are along the lower Susquehanna River, the upper Delaware River basin and the wetland-dominated Pymatuning region in northwestern Pennsylvania. Bald Eagles prefer to nest near water. More and more are migrating from Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay.

What a day it was sighting this beautiful bird with my lens. It was a first for me and wow, she was majestic indeed!! This photograph was shot with a Canon 40D and a 300mm lens in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

My life is like a well read book that’s never ending, at least for this moment in time. As I continually add new chapters to my book, I find that my photography plays a big part in it. This is most especially true as my great love and fascination with Mother Naure never wanes. It’s my hope that you, too, will share my joy as the pages in my book of life continue to flip forward! My Very Best, Polly Peacock

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  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaover 5 years ago

    outstanding

  • Thanks so much Scott – I was one happy camper!! :))))

    – Polly Peacock

  • Susan Gary
    Susan Garyover 5 years ago

    a fantastic in-flight capture!!!!!!!!!!

  • Thanks so very much Susan!! :))

    – Polly Peacock

  • Rosemaree
    Rosemareeover 5 years ago

    Wonderful Polly.. I wish had been there with you

  • I wish you could have been here too! I went back again today in the early morning and got both the male and the female – haven’t had the chance to look at all the pics yet, but WOW, I am in total awe of these incredible Eagles!! I looked for feathers, but didn’t find any…Thanks so much buddy – you are with me in spirit!! xoxo!! :)))

    – Polly Peacock

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 5 years ago

    Beautiful capture. Such a wonderful shot.

  • Thanks so much Bunny – I went back this morning very early and caught both the male and female!! It was so exciting to be able to photograph them!! :)))))

    – Polly Peacock

  • EarthGipsy
    EarthGipsyover 5 years ago

    Magic!

  • Yup, a magical Eagle and by the way, I had written that this was a he, but it is a SHE!!! xoxo!! :))))

    – Polly Peacock

  • Russell Fry
    Russell Fryover 5 years ago

    awesome Polly! I have seen a couple in the wild near my home and I know the thrill that you felt when seeing this one. :)

  • Thanks Russell!! This is a first for me and wow, was I impressed!! :)))

    – Polly Peacock

  • Virginia N. Fred
    Virginia N. Fredover 5 years ago

    Fantastic capture

  • Thanks so very much Giinny!!

    – Polly Peacock

  • Andreas Mueller
    Andreas Muellerover 5 years ago

    Beautiful shot. Just a couple of days ago, I caught a pretty nice shot of an Eagle bringing in a fish for the 3 juvies in the nest. Like you, I NEVER thought that I would ever have a chance to capture a wild American Bald Eagle image.

  • Cool Andy!! Isn’t it an awesome feeling to capture these incredible birds? I’m glad that experienced the same thing, except you probably got them with fish, right? Did you upload them? If so, please let me know, I’d love to see them!! Thanks so much Andy!! :)))

    – Polly Peacock

  • tkrosevear
    tkrosevearover 5 years ago

    WOW, no wonder you were excited…this is an amazing shot sis ;) xoxox

  • Yup, I was excited all right! Their grace and beautify is just magnificent! I have yet to look at the rest of the pics I snapped this moring!! Thanks so very much Sis!!! :)))) xoxoxo!!

    – Polly Peacock

  • Rosemaree
    Rosemareeover 5 years ago

    WOW cant wait to see the new images… xo r

  • I still have to look at some – I have taken so many pictures here that it is almost mind boggling, however, I am loving every minute of it and these Eagles are so special!! Thanks buddy!! xoxoxo!! :)))

    – Polly Peacock

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