Eagle Watch: The June 11, 2010, Canoe-Kayak Paddle
at Bald Eagle State Park, Pennsylvania
June 13, 2010


June 11, 2010, was the first of two paddles across the lake at Bald Eagle State Park (BESP) to visit the resident bald eagle family. Nine of us participated in the event, traveling by canoe or kayak, and we had a lovely evening: good light, no wind, and a pleasant temperature.

The parent bald eagles had three eaglets this year (the same number as last year).

Three BESP bald eaglets

We didn't see any of the parents by the nest, which is being rapidly reduced in size by the eaglet's exercising.

All three eaglets were calling continually for mom and dad to return with dinner.

Bald eaglets callings for parents

Reportedly, two of the eaglets had begun flying, but I'm not sure. The tummy feathers on all the eaglets looked more like down to me.
Bald eaglet stretch

We saw some branch hopping but no flying. Then with the sun close to setting we paddled back to the other side of the lake.


Photo note: I used a Pentax K20D, with the SMC-DA 55-300mm lens, for the photos taken on June 11, 2010.  

The May 2009 and June 2009 eagle paddles or more eagle photos from June 2009

A soaring one-year-old bald eagle

My Pennsylvania bird photo-list

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