I really and seriously considered writing “zero, zip, zilch… that’s it!” and running for cover as the Challenge is over. Then the other night as I was starting to close up the blinds before I headed upstairs to watch TV, I just happened to notice some movement down at the bay. The tide was going out and I saw flapping wings. Now what is going on? At first I thought it was a duck or a seagull, but then I noticed the white head and realized it was a bald eagle. Ok, what the heck is that eagle doing? I thought it would swoop up in grand style with a big fish. Then I saw the bump.
Now it is times like this that I wish I had binoculars as I simply could not tell what the eagle was attempting to pull out of the water. The eagle would peck away at whatever was trapped in the eagle’s talons. At first I thought the eagle had a fish. Then the eagle would flap its’ wings like crazy trying to rise up out of the water and mud… with no success. Whatever, the eagle had trapped was heavier than the eagle. I watched the process for about 20 minutes as the eagle pecked, then industriously flapped its’ wings some more in an attempt to rise out of the water. Then you could almost see the eagle say “I’m POOPED! I need a rest” as the eagle would relax and float on top of the bump for a few minutes. Then the process would repeat itself constantly. Evidently, an eagle can lift up to about four pounds, so whatever was in the water was heavier than the eagle. I’m guessing that the prey must have been an otter or a baby seal; or who knows, maybe a beaver. This eagle must have been VERY hungry to try for something that big.
However, try as it might the eagle never successfully pulled the body from the water so it had Zilch for dinner. And, I didn’t stick around long enough to find out the results of the eagle’s endeavors, but I did notice that by the time I was upstairs and looked out the window, the eagle was gone, but the “bump” was still there. So I have ZERO results for you from this story. However, this could be YOUR opportunity to add your own ending.
Now, thank you for stopping by to visit my blog and for your comments while on this journey. I truly appreciate your friendship. It has been quite a wild ride. In the beginning, I thought I might have zip, zero, and zilch to say, but I surprised myself.