Some of you guessed! Here's one more hint before we zoom in closer. This is one of the parents on a branch to the left of the nest. The nest is just about in the middle of the picture.
Yup, it's an American bald eagle! There is no way to tell males from females by their appearance, so I can't tell you if this is mom or dad. The females tend to be quite a lot larger than males, but we never saw both adults together.
Here is a closer view. I know that these are "just" typical eagle pictures. But of course what makes them special to me is that I took them, and not in a zoo or nature preserve. The Trouts, whose home we were at, live right on a small lake. The eagles chose to nest right beside their garage, in the midst of an area of cottages. While we tend to think of these birds as needing lots of privacy, this pair was totally comfortable with the human population.
Finally, this picture is at the edge of an island in the lake, just across from the Trout's home. It's not quite in focus, but I kept it because it is at least different from the others... how often does one see an eagle standing on the ground? It apparently felt pretty safe on the island, because we saw it several times, gliding in low over the water, and then landing in the shallows.
At any rate, this was an awesome experience! Tomorrow... Trail club outing at Pentwater Pathway
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