Is that an eagle?

In Anchorage there were lots of ravens but I did not see eagles. An osprey flew over Gazzam Lake with talons holding a fish. It looked cartoonish, its nest perched high. In southeastern Texas, a bird of prey circled and settled in a towering pine. “What is that bird?” I asked. It’s an eagle they said. Pretty sure that’s an eagle.

I have seen bald eagles, juveniles, goldens. This was no eagle. This was a smaller bird, darker, sleek and slender. There are still those who thought they saw an eagle. It was a Mississippi kite. It came again the next day and waited awhile on a wire.

now at Autumn Lake

this flock of cedar waxwings

flying north to Spring

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dVerse prompt to write a haibun concerning the eagle.

Is that an eagle?

12 thoughts on “Is that an eagle?

  1. An enjoyable haibun, Jane! I like the ‘when is an eagle not an eagle’ story, which kind of happened to me last weekend when I was doing the Big Bird Watch – but not involving an eagle – they are rare in my part of the world. You are so lucky to have seen eagles. I love that the gorgeous image of cedar waxwings in your haiku – and the name of the lake.

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