The weather in North Texas over the last several week has been wintery. Cold and wet with both rain and snow. Dreary overcast days like these are not conducive to the long distance photography that is required to document this eagle nest. In fact, the rainy weather kept me away two weekends ago.
A day-long snow storm late last week made me believe I might have to miss this weekend as well. Fortunately, the roads had cleared sufficiently by Saturday morning that travel was not an issue. I was very interested in seeing how the eagles were coping with the challenging weather, so I made the long drive down to Kaufman County.
A cold north wind was blowing when I arrived at the nest site in Seagoville. And while the roads may have been clear, the skies were certainly not. A blanket of grey winter clouds set a dark and gloomy tone. There would be no good photographs on this day.
I took a few quick pictures of the nest and used my camera’s zoom to check its status. In my first picture I could see the big female hunkered down and diligently incubating her eggs. Nesting eagles are more than equipped to endure this kind of weather, and the female is seeing it through.
I waited around for the next hour or so shivering and hoping to see the male. He never did return while I was there, though I have no doubt he is still around and providing for the female. We will see him again next week, I am sure!