This is the moment I wish I had one of those super duper 800mm lenses ... and could carry it!! My apologies for the blur, but at least I had the wherewithal to capture the moment. I've never seen a Bald Eagle in the wild ... I mean, I've never seen a Bald Eagle at all!! And not only did I capture one, but I got a pair! I was quite far away ... taken with a 55-200mm and cropped.
Did you know the Bald Eagle has a body length of 70–102 centimeters (28–40 in). Typical wingspan is between 1.8 and 2.3 m (5.9 and 7.5 ft) and mass is normally between 3 and 6.3 kilograms (6.6 and 14 lb). Females are about 25 percent larger than males, averaging 5.6kg (12 lb), and against the males' average weight of 4.1kg (9.0)? (Source wikipedia).
Today was just one of those days I needed to get in the car and go. I headed north, thinking I'd go to Laramie, Wyoming. I don't know why, I just pointed the car that direction. Then I tried to find the scenic route. Boy, did I manage that ... and felt a little lost, but I'm grateful because I hit the jackpot.
This sighting was near Soapstone Prairie Natural Area, a 28-square-mile park and conservation area located 25 miles north of Ft. Collins, Colorado. The land was purchased in 2004, which was opened to the public in 2009. I will definitely have to go back and walk the trials of Soapstone Prairie when the park is open in the spring!
Small Stone: Don't be afraid of feeling lost. It's in the void miracles happen.
I think this is one I need to heed.
Come back tomorrow for Lessons from the Road!