August 4, 2012 Humbled by Birds
Schooled by eagles
Eagles in Unalaska are like pigeons in city parks. They are perched on every building and sides of hill exchanging their high-pitched shrill.
This morning, I quickly exchanged positions, as the eagles became my teachers and I, their student. I was definitely schooled by these massive, powerful birds with large beaks and talons.
Walking bridge guards
Two eagles guarded the bridge from above. As I approached, I was closer to them then I have ever been to an eagle …that is, a caged eagle.
These eagles were not caged and they were not moving; only staring. Was my safe passage across the bridge in jeopardy?
Here is where my imagination overruled my logic. I assessed my protective gear- my small, hard, camera in one hand and a map in the other. Was that all I had to protect my fleshy, exposed face? The nesting bird sign that I passed earlier did not quell my fears.
Should I talk to the birds? Yes! I chose a soft voice and asked them to leave so I could continue across the bridge. They were poor listeners. I continued to talk to them as I inched my way under them. Finally, the juvenile flew a few yards away. Then the adult hopped 2 feet away. Breathe deeply. Continue talking and inching my way across the bridge. Success!
A few minutes passed, and a 10 year-old girl on bike rode swiftly across the bridge without even a look up to the guard eagles.
I am humbled by both bird and girl.
Listen to the shrill of the flying eagles