Late December through January is usually an awesome time to find many Bald Eagles along the northern portion of the Delaware River and along some of the reservoir inlets in southern New York State. This year is truly an anomaly. The weather has been extremely warm for this time of year for the past two months and it has drastically impacted on the eagle behavior. Normally by now the northern part of the Delaware River and the lakes and reservoirs north of there have frozen over forcing Bald Eagles to fly to areas of open water to feed. Joan and I spent two days with friends in the upper Delaware area to find and photograph Bald Eagles. We saw about 15 eagles on Thursday and a half dozen on Friday. This is to be compared with normally seeing about 50 per day this time of year. The other thing is that other years we have been able to see and photograph up close as they are forced to open water areas to feed. This year they can be seen but are at greater distance from good viewing areas.
As we were leaving the area to come home-one perched on a tree across the Lackawaxen River and I was able to get some good photos with good filtered light (lightly overcast skies).
Until next time!