A Slice of Life 2012

A Year In Pictures

Identity November 13, 2012

Filed under: 52/366 Challenge — Tammy @ 8:00 am
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Meet Donald.  At first I thought he was an immature Bald Eagle, but later I saw the sign that identified him as a Golden Eagle.  I had never seen a Golden Eagle up close so I was thrilled.  The Golden Eagle lives in the Northern Hemisphere and prefers fields and land for his hunting (Bald Eagles are usually found around water).  Donald was also hit by a car and his right wing was injured in two different spots and therefore he can not fly as well.  Donald loves being sprayed w/ water, that is why you see all the water drops on his feathers.

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Weight November 12, 2012

Filed under: 52/366 Challenge — Tammy @ 8:44 am
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We were amazed how big the eagles were close up and found out this bird can weigh anywhere from 8-12 lbs.   This beauty came in right at 10lbs…

 

Accidental November 11, 2012

Filed under: 52/366 Challenge — Tammy @ 9:02 am
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I admit it…I am fudging this theme just a bit.  All of the eagles in the National Eagle Center were accidentally injured.  Even after medical attention none of the 5 eagles in the center could survive in the wild.  This particular eagle had part of his wing amputated and can not fly due to being hit by a car on the highway.  To find out more about the injured eagles click here:  The Eagles.   Be sure to click on each of the individual eagle’s pictures for their story.

If you look closely you can see the injured back wing.

 

Fun November 10, 2012

Filed under: 52/366 Challenge — Tammy @ 9:25 am
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I just got back from a quick but very fun trip to Wabasha, MN.  Our blogger friend Christina (from Sweden) was in the states for the first time and I was fortunate enough to get to meet up with her.  She had never seen a bald eagle close up so we went to the National Eagle Center.  There they rescue injured eagles and also study eagle habits.  Wabasha, MN is along the Mississippi River and is the home to hundreds of eagles and also a big nesting site as well.  It was fascinating to see the eagles so close and learn more about them.  We even saw one eat a rabbit (bones and all).  I will share a few of the pics in the next few days…