Monday, October 28, 2013
Butterfly and Bald Eagles at the Beach
Common Buckeye up in the dunes. I had to chase it a little, and sneak up without casting a shadow on it and spooking it. It's not as nice a setting as the one I photographed down at Buzz's, but it's still a pretty specimen, and butterflies are getting harder and harder to find.
Bald Eagles, however, are not. Even in this short walk we saw 4 different eagles. This one looks like it has almost finished molting into adult plumage; it still has some mottling on the underside of its wings, and the tail isn't the pure white of most adults.
Sweetgum tree that overlooks the cliffs down near the Calvert Beach steps with another eagle. Do you see the other eagle through the leaves?
There was another pair that we've seen recently down near the harbor mouth. Neither area was occupied by eagles much last fall or winter. Are they new pairs trying to push into the cracks between older pairs?