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Date posted November 20, 2008 6:05 PM
Posted by hawkscay
Report location New York > Fire Island > THE EAGLE HAS LANDED!
Fishing method Surf
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Made a RARE daytime trip to Moses and I was rewarded with a very cool sighting of what I believe is a Golden Eagle!(??). I had stopped on the side of the road to watch the birds(Gulls) working on some bait, and this guy(or gal) landed right in front of me and posed for a few minutes.Quite A Sight! One of the coolest things I've ever seen down there. The bird had approximately a 4-5 foot wing span.The pictures do not do it justice ,it was much bigger than it looks in the pictures. Side note... the fishing was anti- climactic,about a dozen Micro-Bass. JOE.




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searchin


Joined: 11/04/2005
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 11/20/2008 06:39 PM  

Sweet.

Sweet pics Joe. Think I might have seen him cruising the Dunes on Tuesday. Wasn't as close as these pics. I just remember thinking damn, that's a large wing span! I thought it was an osprey from afar (obviously not if it's the same bird) but I think they are gone already. I Saw a nice healthy looking fox running around and one of the biggest and healthiest bucks I have personally seen on Fire Island that day as well. Was laughing to myself because when I tell people these things at work they don't believe me. Very cool.


Keep our beaches clean.

This post edited by searchin 06:46 PM 11/20/2008
 
hawkscay


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 11/20/2008 06:50 PM  

searchin wrote:

Sweet pics Joe. Think I might have seen him cruising the Dunes on Tuesday. Wasn't as close as these pics. I just remember thinking damn, that's a large wing span! I thought it was an osprey from afar but I think they are gone already. Saw a nice healthy looking fox running around and one of the biggest and healthiest bucks I have personally seen on Fire Island that day as well. Was laughing to myself because when I tell people these things at work they don't believe me. Very cool.
John, we often see Red-Tailed Hawks cruising low to the dunes for rodents at this time of year,in fact I saw some today,but this bird was about 3-4 times the size of those hawks!

 
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 11/20/2008 07:27 PM  

Nice Joe...

I think you're right, it is an eagle!


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BennyBass


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 11/20/2008 07:44 PM  

Hi Joe nice to see your out in the daytime. Wayne and I were out on Tuesday and as we came down Demo cut onto the open Beach we see this huge bird sitting on the left of the road about 10 feet away . Wayne say's holy @#$%, look at the size of that bird. I at first said that's a hawk but when this bird took off the wing span was huge. I guess we witnessed the same bird, amazing creature. Never saw one here on long island before but then again people don't believe me either when I tell em I saw a Fox on Demo the other nightToungueup.

FYI>>Joe , friday late into Saturday morning with the crew????


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hawkscay


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 11/20/2008 07:58 PM  

BennyBass wrote:

Hi Joe nice to see your out in the daytime. Wayne and I were out on Tuesday and as we came down Demo cut onto the open Beach we see this huge bird sitting on the left of the road about 10 feet away . Wayne say's holy @#$%, look at the size of that bird. I at first said that's a hawk but when this bird took off the wing span was huge. I guess we witnessed the same bird, amazing creature. Never saw one here on long island before but then again people don't believe me either when I tell em I saw a Fox on Demo the other nightToungueup.

FYI>>Joe , friday late into Saturday morning with the crew????

You Are So Right Martin,15 years ago I had a family of Red foxes running around my yard almost every night for 2 weeks,my wife begged me to go to rehab.! P.S. Fri. sounds good,keep me abreast.

 
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 11/20/2008 08:01 PM  

Still around...

I still see numerous osprey around the lakes. They are after the stocked trout......

Good luck...


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kmann

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 11/20/2008 08:15 PM  

It looks like a juvenile bald eagle.They had really cool pictures last year in the daily news of one grabbing a striper out of the hudson river.And I remember about 20 years ago they were rehabing one at caumsett and put a pail out and asked us fisherman to donate a bluefish or two on our way out.
 
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 11/20/2008 08:41 PM  

NIce!!!

Beauty Bird!!!!Smile I call them, I love Raptors!!!

I just consulted my National Audubon Bird book, it was open since I saw a new bird today, it looks definite Golden Eagle!up

The Golden Eagle has a short beak versus the longer beak of a immature Bald Eagle, your pic has the short one!!!

Awesome!!!Smile


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searchin


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 11/20/2008 09:43 PM  

hawkscay wrote:

searchin wrote:

Sweet pics Joe. Think I might have seen him cruising the Dunes on Tuesday. Wasn't as close as these pics. I just remember thinking damn, that's a large wing span! I thought it was an osprey from afar but I think they are gone already. Saw a nice healthy looking fox running around and one of the biggest and healthiest bucks I have personally seen on Fire Island that day as well. Was laughing to myself because when I tell people these things at work they don't believe me. Very cool.
John, we often see Red-Tailed Hawks cruising low to the dunes for rodents at this time of year,in fact I saw some today,but this bird was about 3-4 times the size of those hawks!



Oh yea, definitely know and love the Hawks Joe. the bird I saw caught my attention because it was so large!

Funny side story....

Houses along The access road to the thumb. My father at the time heavy into photography. Early morning fishing excursion with a younger version of myself. My father stops goes stealth mode, belly crawl and all with camera in hand. "Look at the size of that owl!" He continues to crawl. As he zooms in I hear him start laughing out loud. "There's shite all over him!" Turns out to be an ornament to keep the gulls of the house! Had fun with that one for a few years!!



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kelly

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 11/20/2008 09:58 PM  

That's Ah!!!!!

RED-TAILED HAWK they rule on the Island......
 
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 11/20/2008 11:19 PM  

Bass Man 1 wrote:

Beauty Bird!!!!Smile I call them, I love Raptors!!!

I just consulted my National Audubon Bird book, it was open since I saw a new bird today, it looks definite Golden Eagle!
The Golden Eagle has a short beak versus the longer beak of a immature Bald Eagle, your pic has the short one!!!

Awesome!!!Smile



I'm gonna go with an immature bald eagle for $500 Alex. Def. not a red-tailed, red-shouldered, or rough legged hawk. Neither a marsh harrier, nor peregrine falcon like the ones that nested in the Captree Island Bridge a few years ago.

Ptb. stopping over on its way north up the Hudson to the Great LAkes & Champlain Islands, or south to GA, FLA, & AL. Great pix, great story!
 
rozbone1


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 11/20/2008 11:28 PM  

EAGLE???? What are you people smoking!

The guy who looked at the Book- Look at it again. That is a Red tailed hawk like a few other guys said. If you ever wanna see em just go up or down the Sag or sunken meadow Pkwy and you will see one sitting on top of the Light Poles. I see them everyday. I am sure you will see them on any of the Islands Pkwys. Just make sure you watch the road as well when you are driving. And the guy that thinks that is a Bald Eagle- LAY OFF THE PIPE PAL!
 
beachbomber


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 11/21/2008 12:03 AM  

You be the judge.......


first pic is a Golden Eagle second one is a Red Tailed Hawk.

I'm not a bird watcher but my Dad is and He says it appears to be a Golden Eagle.
The Red Tailed Hawk has a more "reddish" colored breast and white and brown wing and tail feathers. Although they can be darker in color.
Golden Eagles are more uniformly "brown" in color through out the bird.

I'm going to side with Golden Eagle as most Red Tailed Hawks I've seen in these parts are lighter in color, as described above.

Need to find an epert to decide this one.



 
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 11/21/2008 01:11 AM  

GREAT PICS. Toungue


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fishingerman

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 11/21/2008 06:15 AM  

Big bird

how ironic. Coming home from work yesterday on sunrise and waverly there was a huge bird on a tree limb.It loked like an immature bald eagle. I know(factually) that on occasion a bald Eagle is sighted on the Island . This wasnt an osprey .Nice sight
 
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 11/21/2008 06:23 AM  

Can't tell but it COOL anywayShadesup



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schererw


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 11/21/2008 07:26 AM  

Golden eagle...have seen two of these in Montauk the past two years...the first couldn't handle the weight of a 8 pound blue it was carrying and dropped the live fish in front of my SUV in 2007...the second I have on video. Both at Shagwong...my research on these say they are migrating but not permanent residents...many take up residence along rivers and then make their fall migration move
 
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 11/21/2008 07:56 AM  

GE

Its a Golden Eagle. Nice photos.
 
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 11/21/2008 07:56 AM  

I don't know...

If it's over 28", it's a K E E P E R !


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 11/21/2008 08:28 AM  

the wing span should be the dead give away if its as big as you said ,,,,

Then the beak would make it up the difference Go with the Eagle. We have had Bald Eagles on Long Island NESTING OVER THE YEARS. The CATSKILLS ARE FULL OF EAGLES so it's not so uncommon you were paying attention.


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