The Eagles are back!

Jason Werling
Mar 23, 2010

 

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.

Comments

Anonymous

Thanks for the update on the eagles. Looking forward to more of them!

Anonymous

Beautiful!

Anonymous

Great work, Jason! Very nice story and pics! Nice to see stories like this. We all know there are very few nice stories here. Maybe you could get Westerhold away from Nuesse stories/blasting our city leaders and show him what a true reporter is all about? Again, thanx. Very nice!

(Also, look at the blogs...3? Proof that other stories here have caused so much turmoil in this city and citizens of Sandusky fall for it. Sad.)

Anonymous

Beautiful pictures!

Where can I buy "quality" print copies?

Anonymous

Nice pictures! After spending the past few summers in the area I'm kind of disappointed I never heard about the eagle's nest. I would have loved to have taken some pictures.

Anonymous

Since you are an avid eagle fan, here's a website you might enjoy. My brother lives in Yorktown VA and sent me this several years ago.

www.wvec.com/cams/eagle.html

P.S. I too am an Old Dutch eagle watcher.

JasonW

Re: Judith Wright
Thanks for the link, it looks like they even light the nest with infrared at night, how cool is that?

And Re: You da Man
We have our print sales through SnapShots at 214 W. Market Street in downtown Sandusky. See Fran in there and she can order prints for you. Turnaround is 2-3 weeks.