How Old Are Baby Bald Eagles Before They Have White Heads?

WOW!  The pair of American Bald Eagles at the south end of Cayo Costa have not one but TWO baby eagles in the nest!  Lest you think I’m mistaken, here’s another photo of the happy family!  Clearly these two do not have bright white heads – you can tell even though my camera lens isn’t enough to show a real close up.

Two Baby American Bald Eagles in the Next as Proud Pop & Momma Look On

Two Baby American Bald Eagles in the Nest as Proud Pop & Momma Look On

Great day anchored at Pelican Bay today.  David wanted to take the dinghy south to what’s known locally as “The Tunnel of Love” – we’re not sure why, it’s so shallow you can’t even get a dinghy through at high tide this year – although kayakers seem to fare better.  A long time ago, the Calusa Indians dredged a canal from the bay side to the ocean side, presumably for commerce and their fishermen.  Nowadays, it’s a locally known, but there’s an even better stick just a bit further south to tie your dinghy to.   Then it’s an easy 1/4 mile stroll on a path across the island to the beach.

Just for fun, I’ll do a photo post of our adventures today.  If you’re curious – I can still post to the blog because our normal source of internet is the Verizon 3G USB connection.  It comes & goes this far out, but it’s still just good enough.  I’m sure soon I won’t have this luxury and will have to stop posting all together or post whenever I happen to have a connection.

Our Trusty AB Dinghy Tied at the "Stick" in the Mangroves Entrance to the Trail

Our Trusty AB Dinghy Tied at the "Stick" in the Mangroves Entrance to the Trail

After Wading Through a Bit of Mud at High Tide, Here's the Trail

After Wading Through a Bit of Mud at High Tide, Here's the Trail

Here's the Reward!  Hanging Out With the Shore Birds

Here's the Reward! Hanging Out With the Shore Birds

David Searching for Fossilized Shark's Teeth

David Searching for Fossilized Shark's Teeth

Beach Dunes Provided a Perfect Place for a Picnic Lunch -- Note:  There is no shade, so if you come, bring lots of water!

Beach Dunes Provided a Perfect Place for a Picnic Lunch -- Note: There is no shade, so if you come, bring lots of water!

The Intersecting Trail to the South With the Eagle Nest -- There's a Sign Telling You Not To Go Further

The Intersecting Trail to the South With the Eagle Nest -- There's a Sign Telling You Not To Go Further

My Bald Eagle Buddy from as close as I could get with a 200mm zoom lens, not a great photo, but definitely a Bald Eagle

My Bald Eagle Buddy from as close as I could get with a 200mm zoom lens, not a great photo, but definitely a Bald Eagle

One last thought … the trail south of The Tunnel of Love is quite a distance from the anchorage across very very shallow waters.  It’s easily a couple of miles and out of sight of the anchorage.  One consideration when choosing a dinghy and outboard if you’re going cruising outside the US — there are alot of areas where you’ll want to take your dinghy exploring for quite a distance.  It’s safer and you’ll find yourself willing to explore larger areas if you have a larger, more reliable dinghy and adequate outboard.  We’re not advocating huge.   Our dinghy is a bit over 9′, an aluminum RIB with a Tohatsu 8 hp outboard.  It’s big enough to get us anywhere we’ve wanted to explore so far.  We may be a bit slower than our friends with the 15 hp outboards, but we make it all the same!   Just a thought…..

Cheers!  Enjoy cruising!

Comments

  1. 3-5 years

  2. Wow! No kidding? These babes have several years to go! Thx!

  3. I have been through the tunnel and it is very picturesque going through. I used a soft bottomed dinghy to motor through, some areas are very shallow and had to lift the dink and walk through. Well worth the effort.

    John

  4. Agree John! In prior years we’ve gone through in the dinghy, mainly paddling, but this year it seems too shallow. The “post” south of the tunnel by the trail across the island is a great place to leave your dinghy while you explore – and see the bald eagles!

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