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The Eagles are back!

Jason Werling • Mar 23, 2010 at 6:27 PM

I'm not talking about the Glenn Frey and Don Henley Eagles, they came back in 1994.

I'm talking about the pair of American Bald Eagles that take up residence in a tree behind the Old Dutch Tavern in Perkins Township.

In one of my recent blogs talked about my recent obsession with Facebook and how I compared it to smoking. The Old Dutch eagles are what I would call a healthy obsession.

I don't have as much time as some who spend hours upon days upon weeks and maybe months watching the pair. But if I am in the neighborhood with a few minutes to spare I will swing by the nest to see what they are up to. Yesterday I saw a couple eagles chasing each other near Mall Boulevard and remembered that this time of year is nest building time.

Sure enough as I pulled into the parking lot, an eagle swooped down out of the nest and I grabbed a couple frames of it. One is posted with this blog. I try to stay away from the photographer's slang of "shooting" pictures when referring to America's National bird and symbol.

Old Dutch owner Larry Gerold usually has an eagle update for me or anyone else that has questions. His business became a popular birding spot for professionals and amateurs wanting to catch a glimpse of the bird of prey. The eagles don't care whether its Thursday and burger night at the Dutch or if there's a volleyball league playing under the lights, maybe they enjoy the attention.

All I know is that I enjoy giving them attention as they are amazing, regal animals that are taken for granted in other areas like the Northwest, Alaska and Canada. And I enjoy photographing them.

I'll try to keep you posted with eagle updates through the course of the year.


Register photo/JASON WERLING One of the bald eagles from the Old Dutch Tavern nest swoops out of the nest on its way to get more nest-building materials Sunday afternoon. The pair is in the process of building up their annual home in Perkins Township.


Register photo/JASON WERLING A lone bald eagle sits atop the nest behind the Old Dutch Tavern property in Perkins Township. The pair is gearing up for another season at the popular nest.


One of the bald eagles from the Old Dutch Tavern nest returns with a stick to build up the pair's nest in Perkins Township. The pair had three eaglets last year with one surviving.


Register photo/JASON WERLING One of the bald eagles from the Old Dutch Tavern nest returns with a stick to build up the pair's nest in Perkins Township. The pair had three eaglets last year with one surviving.

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