Eagle at the Windmill Spring

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All tracks lead to water on a dry year like this one when good springs and stockwater may be miles apart. Checking the Windmill Spring yesterday, after feeding the cows on the Paregien Ranch, a young adult Golden Eagle I had seen a few weeks ago at the bottom water trough, was back for a bath.

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The first time, it had been getting a drink while I spent fifteen minutes or so unplugging a pipe before I noticed it sitting on the edge of the old redwood trough in the oak trees about 150 feet below me. Yesterday, I could see its dark shape from the pickup when I arrived. Like the cattle, the wildlife becomes accustomed to the few humans they see, so I meandered closer snapping photos as I went.

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I stopped at about 100 feet and it decided to continue its bath despite my presence.

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After splashing and literally rolling in the water for several minutes, it was too wet to fly…

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…and ran up the hill beating wings to dry its feathers.

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3 responses to “Eagle at the Windmill Spring

  1. That eagle was not going to be denied his bath by somebody with a camera 🙂

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