Looking for eagles

On a recent trip to the Reelfoot area, we were able to spot several eagles.  The first one we saw was sitting on a log out in the lake.   It was keeping an eye on a flock of ducks that was swimming nearby.

 

Then we drove to the Mississippi levee and saw an eagle sitting in a tree near a large nest.

 

Further on down the levee, we spotted two eagles sitting in the same tree.  One was near the top of the tree and the other was more concealed, sitting on a lower branch.

No matter how many times you see them, it is always a joy to observe these beautiful birds.

“We live in a beautiful and wonderful world … and the more you know about it the wiser and the better you will be.”  ~Louisa May Alcott

Side by side

While driving along the Mississippi levee, we spotted these two eagles sitting contently together in the trees.

“Contentment is a state of the heart, unaffected by outward circumstances.”  ~Crystal Paine

Watching the pelicans

Despite the overcast skies, we recently headed to Reelfoot Lake in hopes of seeing the white pelicans.  After looking for them in all the usual places, we finally found them at our last stop of the day.  It quickly became obvious that we weren’t the only ones watching them.  We spotted five eagles sitting high atop the trees — perhaps hoping to pick off a wounded pelican as easy prey.  Unfortunately, the grey day changed to a light drizzle, and then to rain, and our time of watching the pelicans came to an end.

“We could all take a lesson from the weather, it pays no attention to criticism.”  ~Unknown

Unruffled

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Despite several onlookers on the levee road below, this eagle appeared to be quite content as it sat on its private perch overlooking the Mississippi River.

“Surely there is something in the unruffled calm of nature that overawes our little anxieties and doubts … [and] seems to impart a quiet to the mind.”  ~Jonathan Edwards