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Friday, December 10, 2004

Bald Eagle Watching

A pair of Bald Eagles are making the news 80 miles NW of Austin near LLano, where they are nesting just off the highway. Folks are gathering there every morning and evening to watch the birds, and this afternoon I drove my kids out there to enjoy the show. We arrived at 4:30pm to an empty nest and one other car, but a few minutes later one eagle arrived and landed near the nest. It was immediately dive-bombed by an American Kestrel, which then flew off and landed 100 yards away. I got out my scope and got some good views. In the next half hour, six other cars showed up. Many were locals, and most had visited these birds before.

Everybody likes eagles, and it was great to see them. When it comes to our national bird, everyone's a bird lover.

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