Happy New Year, Happy New Decade!
It was murky in the early morning, overcast and about +1 degrees with light winds from the west gusting to moderate.
The first feeding at 9:00 was good: circling eagles before I left the field and all out activity within five minutes. In all there were about 35 eagles and 4 hearty photographers: all female (the photographers that is!) I finally found Starr who favoured me with a Robin's card again this year. Thanks, Starr.
Now we come to the second feeding at 11:00 which was not a roaring success, even though the sun made an appearance. On a positive note the eagle numbers had grown to about 45 and the onlookers to about a dozen. The bad news that after forty-five minutes the eagles had barely done a flyby. I left in search of more chicken and returned at 12:40 to catch the tail end of the feeding which had commenced about 10 minutes earlier. I don't quite know what to make of the delayed response from the eagles but cling to the positive that they at least stayed around. That's more than can be said of the onlookers, most of whom gave up and missed the late show.
The other bad news is that I did not replace the chickens I threw out so tomorrow will revert to a single feeding at 9:00.
Malcolm lives in Sheffield Mills and is our resident eagle feeder. He feeds the eagles daily and has a unique relationship with these large birds. These are his adventures!