Friday, April 5, 2013

EAGLE ON THE HUNT: An awesome Oakland County encounter!

Photos by Joan Z. Bonin  photographed at Stony Creek Metropark  4/2/2013

Nature is full of surprise and hold secrets, even in highly populated Oakand County, Michigan.
One such secret was captured by Joan Z. Bonin, an excellent observer of nature's way and a 
highly  accomplished  amateur  photographer.

Not that very long ago bald eagles were on the Endangered Species list struggling to 
survive in an environment tainted  by DDT.  Thanks to the banning of that deadly pesticide
 that spread through the food chain and weakened egg shells, strong federal protection and
 increased public  awareness,  eagles are making a strong comeback in Michigan. 
Eagles are not common in Oakland County but every now and then one is seen.
What is rare is someone capturing dramatic images of an eagle on the hunt.
 Joan Bonin  is a frequent visitor to Stony Creek Metropark. She hikes and kayaks 
this 4,461 Metropark that extends across Oakland and Macomb County 
Earlier this week Joan witnessed an eagle hunting over Stony Lake as she
 looked for beavers to photograph in the lagoons.
Her camera shares more of this wonderful moment of nature at her finest.

Thank you Joan for graciously sharing your photos with me, and now everyone else!

Eagle hovering over the unsuspecting merganser.

The merganser submerged submarine style; for the eagle it was time to dive, talons ready!

Eagle down! Eagles can dive into water to catch prey that is visualized.
  (Osprey-  also found at Stony Creek -are more adapt at this skill)

(Joan's incredible image of the eagle in hot pursuit of the merganser.)
The merganser exploded from under water and 'ran' on the surface
 to gain airspeed with the eagle in winged pursuit. 
 Merganser was not the entree on this day.

The eagle flies on to a destination known to just the eagle and a very few nature-wise humans.
The crow stayed behind his white-headed neighbor,  out of reach and announcing  the eagle.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. Absolutely breathtaking. Thank you!

April 6, 2013 at 7:37 AM 
Blogger Pat said...

Great photo story, thanks to you both! A month ago I was on the Ohio Turnpike. Just as I went over the Sandusky Bridge a bald eagle crossed the road in front of me and only about 15 feet from my car. I saw this beautiful bird as close up as I'm likely ever to in my life. I turned and looked toward the river and saw what was unmistakeably at least two more eagles hovering there. My greatest accomplishment that day was that I did not lose control of my car as my attention was so not on driving! On the return trip when I passed over the river a day later I again saw the Eagles, but not as close. It is so AWEsome to see an actual change for the better in how man has impacted life in the wild and it's natural environment. We finally got something right!!!

April 6, 2013 at 9:42 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of your better posts.

April 7, 2013 at 8:45 AM 

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