This morning, around 8:30, I set out in my kayak to cross Deering Reservoir, aiming for the section of the reservoir’s shoreline that I monitor for invasive organisms. I monitor this shoreline monthly beginning May through the end of the season. This morning was my first for this year.
It was a good morning for kayaking. Little breeze, more or less calm lake – – and no boats to make waves. To get to my part of the reservoir I pass Sunderland Island. Crossing at that point can be a workout! As I approached the island I heard and then noticed a loon. AS I got closer I observed a patch of white mid way up one of the old pine trees that grow from the edge of the island.
Sure enough, that white patch was the head of a bald eagle. The first I’ve ever seen. I was allowed to approach and even move around to a different vantage point directly below it (I was wearing a hat) before the bird left.
I am told that there might be a nesting pair at the reservoir. This eagle certainly gave an air of ownership!
Here are some pictures.