I went to Hawrelak Park a downtown park that is adjacent to the river that flows through the city. We do attract eagles here to the open waters and some over- winter due to the water treatment plant where there is warm water spewing into the river and it stays open plus there is a good supply of ducks to eat. I met skiers that had seen a pair of eagles and I asked directions and got some pretty vague answers.” On the left side of the trail and up the trail a fair distance.” I could write a blog on knowing land marks and giving directions, good to know if you get injured and need to call for help.
Anyway, I set off by foot on the right-hand trail and kept my eyes geared to the tree tops to my “left” knowing that it would be before the bridge because I had asked. Someone that I met earlier called to me through the bushes and I switched to the trail on the left after back-tracking a couple of dozen metres thinking that by the time I got to “the spot” it would be too late. One woman came up the trail excitedly talking about an eagle and “had I seen it?” that she heard it was ‘near the bridge.” I told her “whoa! you are making so much noise, stop YAKKING so much” and told her that I too was looking. She kept going, at a jog, toward the bridge.Perusing the tree tops I saw it. At first I wondered if it was twigs shaped like an eagle and took a photo from a distance. As I got closer, I did see it although somewhat obscured by branches. I took more shots from both sides of the tree that it was perched in. Then the woman came back not having seen anything. I motioned to her to come to where I was and explained in low tones that I too, was excited and because I exhibited such a lack of social skills upon our first meeting , showed her the best perspective for getting a somewhat clear shot.
I was pleased that I had caught up to it after so many distractions and watched it for a few minutes.It looked right at me, then at the river. then flew away after a few more minutes and after I had taken a few more more shots of the river and the persistent chickadees.
I love seeing eagles. They are regal-looking and are one of the larger birds that rise to the heavens and pair for life. In native symbolism they come from the east direction of the medicine wheel , representing “illumination” and seeing things “from a higher perspective.” I was grateful and examined my own impatience at people who were helpful but not so helpful.
I saw the eagle three quarters of the way up a large deciduous tree beside an open area of the river across from the run-off at government hill west of the Groat bridge from the walking trail. It may come back and that at least gives you an idea where to look.And I will know where to look when I go back that way again.