Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Now with more eagles.

eagles and the Chugach


Lou expressed some concern that the eagles being fed are being habituated to being fed by humans, and thus mucking about with the natural order...

I was initially concerned with that myself, but after seeing it in person, I don't think it's much of an issue.

The feeding lasts only a few minutes, no bird gets enough food for a full meal, much less enough to keep him alive. It's a snack. The birds all look healthy and well-fed, and none of them are being fed enough that when this woman doesn't show up they will be in trouble.

In other news, it's so cold our snow has frost. Hoarfrost, that is.

cold cold cold snow

It is supposed to warm up to 3 degrees by tomorrow, and by Saturday it is supposed to hit 20. Zach leaves Friday to head back to Tucson. It has been too cold most of Christmas break for us to go do stuff outside -- skiing and tubing are not fun in subzero weather.

ship creek

The hoarfrost on everything is really thick, because it has been too cold to even begin to melt, except for at the tops of trees that have sunlight hitting them all day, like in this picture along Ship Creek. Ship Creek is also much more frozen over than it is when it is not so damn cold out.

Willow trees look really cool with the frost covering them:

frozen willow

9 comments:

  1. That photo of the eagles is AMAZING.

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  2. As always....gorgeous shots!
    I dont function well if the temperature is below 20 or so. I don't do much in the winter lol.

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  3. As always....gorgeous shots!
    I dont function well if the temperature is below 20 or so. I don't do much in the winter lol.

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  4. The willow tree looks stunning! What gorgeous photos!

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  5. Beautiful but oh so cold! I love willow trees. Always graceful. By the way, there's a new traffic light on Houghton at Drexel. Makes it much easier getting out of Civano.

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  6. Thank you for addressing my concerns about the eagles. They are my favorite raptor birds.

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  7. I love view the pictures of very cold when I am toasty warm. Wore a light jacket today. Just thought I'd mention that.

    Stay warm.

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  8. Beautiful, but brrrr! Glad to know the answer to Lou's concerns and to know that it's good news.

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  9. I enjoyed the eagle pictures from your previous post, but it's good to hear they are not getting too spoiled with that food either!
    Those white frosted trees are a fairy tale decorum!

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