Monday, February 15, 2010

The Llano River Eagles

Today my wife, my brother and I decided to take a field trip to see if we might be able to catch the Llano River Eagles home at the nest on Highway 29. I had driven by a couple of times this year but did not get to see the eagles. On the way we stopped and ate lunch at a really good Barbecue place in Burnet called “The Burnet Feed Store” The lunch was very enjoyable and the prices lower than many of the tourist stop BBQ places in the hill country. My lunch was a brisket plate which included beans and two other sides for $5.50 while my drink was an extra $1.50. A tangy sauce, a mild sauce, onions, bread, pickles and peppers were provided. The old feed store atmosphere was pleasant and the help polite. We will visit again when we get out that way.

After lunch we continued west on highway 29 and enjoyed getting to see Inks and Buchanan lakes. We passed through Fuzzy’s corner at the junction on 1431 and continued west towards Llano. As we approached the nest area there were signs on the highway warning of traffic and pedestrians. Upon arrival we saw one mature eagle feeding the two young eagles in the nest. Before I could get the camera and tripod set up she left the nest and flew down the river to another tree and we were able to take a few pictures of her. I also was able to get a few shots of the young eagles testing their wings for a near future launch. The lighting was not very good and the distance was great even for a 500 mm lens. If you get a chance to go see them take the most powerful optics you have so you can get a good look. My brother had a large spotting scope and we got our best views through the scope. If you want to see the young in the nest make your trip soon as they will soon be leaving the nest.
Wild Ed

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