Janet came home from her work in a Loveland hospital with news that cars were lined up by a small lake. When she stopped to inquire, she was informed that there were lots of bald eagles around the lake. After a little investigation, I learned that the lake was named Westerdorft Lake, and that bald eagles had been seen at the lake for about two weeks. Wildlife biologists told me that the water conditions, following the melting of the ice on the lake, were such that insufficient oxygen was available for fish in the deeper water, and they were therefore close to the surface. The bald eagles were quick to recognize this development, and were conducting their version of eagle smorgasbord! I have now been at Westerdorft Lake half a dozen times, and I’ve spotted as many as 9 eagles around the lake. Most of them were immature, but once in a while, a white-headed adult made an appearance. The accompanying photo is of a young eagle, probably less than a year old, who was perched in a big cottonwood tree near the lake. He was not concerned with my presence – and gave me a great shot!
The site also attracted many other birds. The second photo is a sharp-shinned hawk, who had cruised around the lake then headed west into the sunset. This photo is one of my most successful bird-on-the-wing shots, and I’m proud of it!