Bald Eagle in Osprey Nest

This is the second time that I have seen and photographed a bald eagle sitting in an osprey nest. The osprey have migrated south for the winter away from Summit County, Colorado. They will be back in late March, early April. Wonder if they will be surprised to find bald eagles in their nest.

Why are the bald eagles using the osprey nest?

 

 

Bald Eagle with an eye on this photographer

Bald Eagle with an eye on this photographer

Most likely the bald eagles are using the nest as a high viewing perch. They do not seem to be making a permanent nest there. Bald eagle nests tend to be much larger (my unscientific observation based on nests in Summit County), so the osprey nest sitting on a platform is probably too small for them and a growing family. The particular nest in question overlooks the Silverthorne-Dillon Water Treatment pond. The pond does not freeze. It is home to a number of ducks. Could they be potential prey for a hungry bald eagle?

 

Eagle departing nest

Eagle departing nest

 

 

Eagle departing nest

Eagle departing nest

 

 

I have seen and photographed an eagle diving and grabbing a seagull from the ocean. It would not surprise me if the bald eagles grabbed a duck. It would be an amazing sight to see and photograph. Come to think of it, the number of ducks in the pond has been decreasing over the winter.

It makes me wonder?

Eagle departing nest

Eagle departing nest

 

Below is a photograph taken in 2007 in Seattle with an older camera and lens. The image is not as sharp as I would like (shutter speed is too slow), but it does illustrate that eagles will dive and grab seagulls and ducks, if hungry enough.

This eagle could be either a juvenile bald eagle or a golden eagle.  They are sometimes difficult to tell apart.

What do you think?

Eagle Grabs Gull, Carkeek Park Seattle

Eagle Grabs Gull, Carkeek Park Seattle

 

Rich

~ by richardseeley on March 10, 2015.

2 Responses to “Bald Eagle in Osprey Nest”

  1. C’est toujours avec beaucoup de plaisir que nous regardons tes jolies photos. Le départ du nid de l’aigle est magnifique. Je regrette de ne pouvoir répondre à ta question. Je ne connais pas assez les aigles.

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  2. Is this nest off of hwy 9 between ute pass and silverthorne? We have seen what appears to be a bald eagle but a friend of ours believes it is an osprey.

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