|Stella eagle on cruise control, March 22, 2015, Springfield, MO - Becky Swearingen|
STELLA! The title, of course, is an homage to A Streetcar Named Desire, however, this blog is about eagles and Stella, Missouri. I spent the rainy Sunday of December 13th going to Stella, Missouri, to see if the convocation of eagles had arrived yet. It was still a little early, but I know they will arrive.
|December 13, 2015, Stella, Missouri - Becky Swearingen|
|Stella eagles in 2010 - Jeff Cantrell MDC|
|April 19, 2015, Springfield, MO|
|December 13, Stella, Mo 2 ½ - 3 year old bald eagle.|
At three they have the “Bandit mask - Jeff Cantrell - Photo by Becky
Benjamin Franklin is frequently quoted as despising the eagle as a "Bird of bad moral character," this from a founding father who was "an inveterate flirt, and who sired an illegitimate child before his 1730 wedding." He was bothered by eagles who he felt only stole from other fishing birds.
Between flirting and fathering it seems unlikely that Franklin had much of a chance to watch eagles. Fishing in Canada, Bob Ranney and I watched as our guide whistled shrilly at an eagle across the bay, then threw a gutted walleye out on the lake and watched the eagle swoop in and grab it without a ripple on the water. At Sac Osage in the pre-digital days we photographed eagles feasting on geese frozen in the ice, then trading off on stumps to warm their feet while others joined the party.