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Kentucky Color: Turtle Breakfast for Bald Eagles of Crocus Creek

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By Billy Joe Fudge, Retired State Forester
Kentucky Division of Forestry


Herbert Turner (Adair County's very own Grizzly Adams) and I have been seeing these mature Bald Eagles during late winter and early spring down on Crocus Creek. We think they may be the immature Eagles we've been seeing the last couple of years.


I am assuming that they are a mating pair. Females are usually much bigger and one of the birds is larger. Also, Bald Eagles = as best the experts know - mate for life and live in the wild 20+ years.

I've had some photos of this pair for a couple of weeks but since they were taken from a great distance and weren't very plain, I was afraid someone might mistake them for Yogi and Boo Boo.

I've learned recently that there is high tech equipment available to some on the City Council and to some of the staff at Lindsey Wilson that will "turn a silk purse into a sow's ear". So to all those following in the pioneering footsteps of Christopher Columbus, Ferdinand Magellan, Hernando de Soto, and other great explorers, just remember that some may choose to "doubt" when the evidence is not overwhelmingly conclusive.

Oh well, Orville and Wilbur Wright were faced with similar detractors but thank God, they persevered in spite of those who would needlessly keep civilization in the perpetual realm of the Status Quo.


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Kentucky Color: The Eagles of Crocus Creek



2011-04-15 - Crocus Creek Valley, KY 704 - Photo by Billy Joe Fudge.
Preparing for next meal: "This pair have just finished their breakfast of turtle and are departing to a higher perch to look for lunch," Billy Joe Fudge writes.

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Kentucky Color: Bald Eagles appear to be at rest



2011-04-15 - Photo by Billy Joe Fudge.
"Having attained the higher perch," writes Billy Joe Fudge, "both the larger female on the right and, I assume, her smaller mate on the left, appear to be resting after the exertion of catching and eating breakfast."

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Kentucky Color: Where the eagles made their catch



2011-04-15 - Crocus Creek Valley /KY 704 - Photo by Billy Joe Fudge.
"This is where the catch was made," writes Billy Joe Fudge. "In the middle of the disturbed sand is a one and half inch, blood covered, belly plate that was torn from the unfortunate turtle during the attack."

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Kentucky Color: Eagles leave little of their breakfast



2011-04-15 - Crocus Creek Valley /KY 704 - Photo by Billy Joe Fudge.
"The only remains I could find of the breakfast meal enjoyed by the pair of Bald Eagles on the morning of April 15, 2011. Only those who have ever struggled with cleaning a turtle can truly appreciate the power involved in ripping open a turtle shell in this fashion." --Billy Joe Fudge

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