Driving home on Figueroa Mountain Road (the road where Midland and Family School are located), Alexandra and I spotted this Bald Eagle in the middle of a big pasture. He was HUGE! At first, it looked like a penguin with a white head standing in the middle of a field eating a large something (I think a baby coyote or perhaps a baby wild pig).
I couldn't believe my eyes! Could it be a Bald Eagle? I had only seen them in captivity (SB Zoo). So I pulled over to watch him but this startled him and he flew into the tree on the far side of the pasture. The wing span was enormous! Whatever he was eating, he took with him into the tree. I took a picture of him and it's attached. He was beautiful! I was dumbstruck! I turned to Alexandra and told her she was a very lucky girl. I had to wait 45(!!) years to see a Bald Eagle not in captivity. She only had to wait 10.
That was a really special moment for both of us. The Bald Eagle was truly majestic and looked to be in excellant health. We are so blessed to be living and working in a place where we can see a Bald Eagle sit/stand comfortably in the middle of a field with only two magpies for company. It still gives me goosebumps and I am still on Cloud 9!
Enjoy the photo -- sorry it's not closer. He was beautiful!