Early one March a few years ago, I was lake side, moaning and groaning out loud to Cookie because I hadn’t seen the eagles working on their nest or mating yet. I was so afraid we’d lost one over the winter. Or they’d found a better spot. Cookie sat patiently, listening. Eventually, I noticed she kept looking up into the trees. I followed her gaze, only to find one of the adult eagles on a branch above my head! He gave me a *silly-human!* look before flying off.
Ever since then, I make sure to look up during my hikes through the woods. Otherwise I might miss gorgeous finds like this sleeping fellow:
I froze in my tracks when I saw him, all thoughts of fox dens forgotten.
After a few clicks of the shutter, he opened his eyes and fixed them on me. I stayed as still as I could while snapping photo after photo. The sun dipped below the tree tops, just over his shoulder. My fingers were freezing.
Eventually, he had enough of my gawking, and flew off into the woods for some peace and quiet.
I just love surprises!!