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Takin’ It Easy 126 ThrowBackPage AND SOARING WITH WINGS LIKE EAGLES Innovative Health - Summer 2016 as my eyes were able to focus near where the birds were, I saw a large dark bird snatch a fish out of the water and take flight!  Now I knew it was an eagle, white feathers visible or not.  I ran out onto the deck as it flew by, only a few yards offshore. A seagull was in hot pursuit, I suppose hoping that the eagle might drop the very large fish from its talons.  I followed its flight to watch where it went; it appeared to make a right turn into the trees, right in the vicinity of that favored pine tree.   I grabbed my camera and took off, running down the beach in hopes that it would take a few minutes for the eagle to eat the fish.  I had to stop and catch my breath a couple of times.  As I closed in on the pine tree, I slowed to a walk and started searching the trees, and there in that same pine tree was not one huge beautiful eagle, in brown and white regalia… but two!  I was awed by their size from head to feet, 24 inches or more, it seemed.  As I raised my camera, Jack Irwin and Peggy Jones at the “Snow Ball” at Flint Junior College (now Mott), 1955 one bird took off, but  I was able to pan and snap a picture of it in flight.  I panned back to the one in the tree when it took off, too, still holding the fish!  I was also able to get a picture of that one as it caught up with its circling partner and they both flew off toward the cemetery for breakfast.    I walked back to the cottage with a feeling of quiet excitement and, about halfway back, stopped to admire the sand writings of my little niece.  The day before she’d found a stick and wrote, “Hidden treasure here.”  How right she was.  How so very right she was! I bought a cottage in Au Gres in 2006, and had wonderful times there with friends and family all through that summer season.  But after the boats were gone and the docks were pulled out, something happened that surpassed my expectations to a degree I could not have imagined.  I started seeing eagles.    On September 17 of that year I was enjoying a visit with family on the deck when a large dark bird caught my eye overhead.  I’d seen crows, hawks, and even buzzards so I thought it was one of them until my eye moved forward on the bird and I saw its white head.  I grabbed the arm of those beside of me and gasped, “Eagle, eagle, eagle!”  We all watched as it soared only 40 feet or so directly overhead.  It never flapped its wings, riding along on the air thermals created by the water.  It was so close we could see its face and its intent expression as it moved its head slowly back and forth watching the ground.  My cousin’s wife remarked, “It’s like something from a movie.”  I couldn’t have agreed more as we watched it continue down the shoreline.   Three weeks later I was walking on the beach about a half mile south of the cottage when I was stopped in my tracks by an eagle taking flight out of a white pine tree a few yards in front of me.  I watched as it made a big left turn over Saginaw Bay and flew until it was only a tiny speck heading north.  An elderly woman walked by me on the beach as I stood there in a stupor.  I asked her if she saw it, and she said, “No, but it often sits in that tree.  We’ve taken pictures of it.  We think there’s a nest in the cemetery another half mile south.”  You can believe I made a mental note of that tree’s location That night I didn’t sleep too well and arose early.  I looked out the front window and could see a blue heron on the shore just to the north.  There were a few seagulls flying around, but then I noticed a larger dark bird hovering there too.  It seemed understandably to shy away from the heron and landed on a rock that jutted out of the water a few yards offshore.  I thought it might be an eagle but in the morning silhouette I couldn’t see any white on it so I couldn’t be sure.   After I showered I returned to the front room.  As soon STEPHANE WELCOMES YOUR FEEDBACK AND ANY TOPIC IDEAS: stephaneirwin @gmail.com


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