~ Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #176 ~ One Image – One Story ~

What bird is this, and what is it doing?

Killdeer – Charadrius vociferus

“Charadrius ~ Late Latin: ‘a yellowish bird’
vociferus ~ vocal, strident, vehement…”

Evasion dance
in full-furtive flare
a plaintive call
sounds across
mown fields and meadow;

“follow me
over here
away from my fledglings
see – I’m injured
easy prey.”

What dynamic is taking place among these three Bald Eagles?

Bald Eagle – Haliaeetus leucocephalus

The two are a mature pair
mated for life
this is their territory.

Who is this immature interloper?
A prodigal son returning?
Friend, foe or rival?

Ours to conjecture!

Thanks to Anne Christine (Leya) for this adventure into story-telling! And thank you to all who joined me last week for the Lens-Artists Challenge #175 – Follow Your Bliss. I very much enjoyed seeing and reading your thoughtful responses.

As we enter the holiday season, please continue to be kind and stay safe.🐾

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13 Responses to ~ Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #176 ~ One Image – One Story ~

  1. Oh! Both examples are quite astonishing. The second photo is incredible! 😮

  2. This first bird looks so happy but other three are trying to mate. Great images .
    Thanks Anita

  3. Leya says:

    Very good stories and excellently photographed. The eagles tell an amazing story – and we would all like to know more about it! Did you stay to see what came out of it?

    • Lindy Le Coq says:

      The mature pair are monogamous, mated for life, or until one is deceased. The immature is encroaching upon their territory. They let it walk on past, however, since Bald Eagles are opportunists, this interloper might have turned into a nice meal!
      When I was less educated about Bald Eagles, I thought the immature might be a member of the family returning to help raise the next batch of fledglings. It works that way with Crows, but not with Bald Eagles!
      I’ll post more of my folio of photos and poems “Walking With Eagles”, though I don’t like the way it looks on WordPress, still you can see the five year odyssey from fledgling to mature Bald Eagle. Cheers!

  4. Tina Schell says:

    Loved your stories Lindy. Was the first bird really injured???

  5. Your images and the stories that you share are fascinating.

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