It turned out to be a very good day with two feedings and lots of visitors. In the past I have put out three buckets of food for the early feeding and two for the later feeding. I decided to mix it up today because we have been getting more eagles for the second feeding than the first.
It was +2 and overcast at 8:30 and even before I had driven my vehicle back onto the road the eagles had come down and were already feeding on the ground. It was a good display of both ground and aerial feeding. The light winds were from the northeast so the flight tended to be across the site or away from the line of photographers. There were about 15 visitors at this time.
The three buckets for the second feeding were distributed by about 10:40 but there was not the mad dash to feed as there had been at the earlier time. Still, after about 15 minutes he action started. I estimated 50+ eagles and one of the photographers suggested the number was over 60. There were over 35 people as well. As the temperature was up to +5 we were all quite comfortable. The second display was exceptional with a fair bit of roughhouse on the ground to go along with the flying display.
There is a storm forecast for tomorrow and we could have snow on the ground in the morning. It doesn't look too severe a storm so I shall again have feedings at 8:30 and 10:30 and use the same feeding strategy as today.
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!