On Eagles Wings (Day 1 from Besides Still Waters)
SOME MORNINGS I LIKE to take my tea down to the lakefront and enjoy it sitting in the swing. This morning was so peaceful and quiet, with a gentle breeze coming in off the water, that I lost track of time. My thoughts were distracted by a large shadow moving across the water, as I looked up I was thrilled to see an eagle circling. I don’t believe another bird takes my breath away as the eagle, they are truly majestic. With the biggest smile on my face, I thanked the Lord for bringing me here. Each sighting is amazing to watch, but there was one that still keeps me in awe. It was early in the evening and we decided to cook hotdogs over the fire, as we were sitting around the fire waiting on the flames to settle, an eagle appeared out of nowhere, talons extended he hit the water, and just as quickly as he came, he flew upward again with his fish clutched tightly in his talons. It was the most amazing thing I had ever seen! I just stood there in complete wonder at the beauty of God’s creation.
When I first started to see the eagles on the lake I did some research on them I would like to share with you. The eaglets have exercised their developing wing muscles while remaining in the nest; then at about 14 weeks, they begin branching. Branching is the term given to the fledging’s, eaglets that have developed the necessary plumage for flight, this is when they leave the nest to sit on the branches, venturing out just a little farther each time as they move about the branches of the tree. When the young fledging’s are ready for their first flight they have reached their full size, when the times come the mother will fly under them while the father watches from above; when you stop to consider the wingspan of a female [which is 25% larger than the male] is 6.5 to 8 feet, you can see why they would be able to provide adequate protection for their young; from above and below. I have seen a video of the fledging’s in flight and it is truly beautiful to watch, it was like a well-choreographed dance, they appear to fly within inches of one another with each movement synchronized to perfection.