Early morning in the blindEarly morning in the blindGet my free Darkroom & Fine Art Newsletter and never miss another article again. Welcome to my dedicated webpage for the Eagles at Norfolk Lake in Mountain Home Arkansas.  

I am watching the Eagles throughout the 2017/2018 Winter season from December 1st, 2017 through March 1st, 2018.  

I am sharing video footage, photographs, and detailed stories about the Eagles during this time.  

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If you are interested in learning more about Bald Eagles, view my Eagle Tips & Information page for more details. 

If you appreciate and value what I am doing with this project, you can become an Eagle Insider by sponsoring me this winter. You can make a donation of any amount via my PayPal page.  All donations are appreciated and help me continue to do projects like this.  If you donate $99 or more, you will get to pick your favorite fine art photograph from this seasons Norfolk Eagles Gallery.  

I will personally make a fine art print of your choice from the special gallery of Norfolk Lake Bald Eagle images in any size you wish from 4"x6" to 11"x14".  You will be able to select your favorite photograph after the season closes on March 1st, 2018.  All of my Norfolk Eagle fine art prints are limited edition of 250 collectibles that are created with premium Hahnemühle Photo Rag Paper.  This genuine artist paper is made of 100 % cotton and creates a piece of art with an impressive pictorial depth. This special paper complies with the highest archival standards available today ensuring your beautiful print will last for generations. 

INTRODUCTION

I first learned about a pair of Eagles that mate and nest at the edge of Norfolk Lake last year, however, locals have told me they have seen a pair of Eagles for over 7 years.  Since we know that mature Bald Eagles display their adult plumage at about 5 years old, we know this pair of Eagles could be at least 12 years old (5 years + 7 years of local sightings).

I recently learned about another Eagle's nest about 1.5 miles from the main nest that I am investigating.  Based on known behavior, it is possible there is a second nest in the Eagle's territory.  It would be even better if this was another pair of Eagle's.  I will update this information as I learn more this season. 

I am posting my updates in chronological order, with the most current update first. 

DECEMBER 04, 2017

I had an amazing experience with the Eagles today.  It was a very cloudy and overcast day with rain coming in later in the day, so I decided to visit the nest around noon before the weather turned bad.  I didn't expect much because of the time, but I was in for a treat today.  

When I arrived at the nest today, I didn't see the Eagles.  I wasn't surprised by this.  However, I know to look around the area because Eagles often roost on branches of trees near their nest.  That is exactly what happened today.  About the time that I spotted one Eagle to the east of the nest, I saw the other Eagle roosting in a tree a little bit to the west.  The Eagle to the west flew into the nest and the other one followed within about 10 seconds.  It wasn't until they were both in the nest that I could determine which one was male and female.  Males are smaller than females, so this is an easy way to identify them.  

I watched the pair for about 10 minutes and then the male took off towards the lake.  Another 12 minutes elapsed, and I started to notice several black hawks circling around the nesting area and to the east.  I counted 10 black hawks when I realized that the female Eagle was sending calls to the Male.  In about one minute, the male Eagle flew by and started a flight a series of flight patterns to the east of the nest.  

After the male Eagle left the area, the female left the nest and flew towards the lake.  The black hawks came back and started to circle the nesting area again.  One of the Eagles came back and did a couple loops around the nesting area before leaving again.  

I watched the nest another 30 minutes and there was no further activity. 

DECEMBER 03, 2017

I spotted the pair of Eagles in their nest for the first time this season today in the early afternoon.  I returned to the nest a couple of hours before sunset, but no sightings this time.  

Eagles are wild animals and you can never fully predict what may happen.  The key is to be happy with every experience and sometimes you will be rewarded beyond your beliefs and other times, not much will happen during your visit. 

Tip: if you don't see the Eagle's in their nest, look around at trees nearby.  I have found them to roost in trees near their nest on several ocassions. 

DECEMBER 01, 2017

I officially declared the start of the Eagle season today.  This is going to be an exciting journey and I am delighted to share in this adventure with you.