Golden Eagles Fly Through Central PA
Dave Bonta, blogger/poet/naturalist at Via Negativa and Plummer's Hollo, documents the capture of a young golden eagle. His land is right on the path of a regular golden migration route. Scientists were on call, ready for the capture in order to put a transmitter on one of the birds for purposes of study.
With awe, reverence, and excitement Dave masterfully documented the happenings in words and photos.
She spent four or five minutes trying to straighten her ruffled feathers and get used to the feeling of the harness against her skin and the strange new backpack. Finally, she launched herself into the air, circled low over our heads once, twice, then headed off to the south along the ridge. We were awed and humbled by the experience, and still have a bit of a hard time believing that our far-from-wild ridge twice a year becomes a highway for these archetypal denizens of the northern wilderness.
Happy 3rd night of Chanukkah.