Thursday, February 09, 2006

Number 37

















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I took this photo in the Stanfield Marsh this morning at 10:34 and cropped it quite a bit so you can see the bird close-up.

This immature Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) is originally from Catalina Island 26 miles off the Southern California coast.

The following is a quote from The Big Bear Grizzly newspaper which carried a similar photo and story about this bird last June 15th.

"Catalina Island has a bald eagle re-introduction program led by Dave Garcelon of the Institute for Wildlife Studies. Number 37 was part of the program and was fostered in the Seal Rocks nest on Catalina Island in 2003. It left the nest on June 22 of that year. Speculation is 37 was in Southern Arizona before being sighted in Big Bear".

This bird will be three years old in June so maybe, the next time I get a picture, ol' 37 will be wearing its white crown.

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3 Comments:

Blogger clairesgarden said...

wow! what a beatiful bird, I didn't know they had to be four years old before they got their white heads. just to let you know I have given in to temptation(zoom envy!) and have ordered the canon s2. first thing I'm going to do when it arrives is to go out and stalk that camera shy robin hiding in the hedge!!

11:59 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

clairesgarden-

I think you'll be happy with your Canon S2 IS. Right now, for the money, I don't think you'll find a better digital zoom.

I used the optional Tele-converter TC-DC58B for the eagle and flicker photos.

About the Eagle-

Bald Eagles usually get the white plumage on their heads between 2 & 3 years of age, so this one, born in June, 2003, should be about due.

I hope, in the next year or so to get another photo showing the change.

Too bad such a fine looking bird is stuck with that ugly orange tag though, but the Institute for Wildlife Studies is doing good work in re-establishing these birds to the islands they inhabited before DDT nearly poisoned them to extinction, so I guess a few tags & numbers is a small price to pay for continued existence.

7:22 AM  
Blogger clairesgarden said...

thanks for the tips on the camera, its here and i'm getting through the instruction manual. how to switch is on is always a good place to start. . . ha, the fuji was such an easy point and shoot! I'm sure in scotland it was poachers and egg collecters that wiped out the eagles, most of the hills not being used for farming but just sheep they dont get too many chemicals( except for the radioactive clouds, chernoble left a few radioactive sheep in its wake, they're still testing even now)

6:35 AM  

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