Thursday, November 10, 2011

Bird Geek: Harpy Eagle

As some of you may know, I'm a self-proclaimed bird geek.  I feed the birds, watch the birds, and take pictures of them whenever I can.  I also tend to stop during my channel surfing on any program that might be about birds.  Last night on PBS, I saw a Nature program on the Harpy Eagle.  OMG.  They were magnificent. 

First off, they're HUGE.  To give you an idea, here's a picture I borrowed from the blog Bill of the Birds:  **Image Deleted**

And that's not even a big one.  The female on the show last night flew past a man and her wingspan had to be close to 7 feet.  She blotted him out entirely.  Wow.

Anyway, near the end of the show, there was this one shot of the immature male, where he looked directly at the camera, that will stay with me a while.  Hauntingly beautiful. In fact, I think he needs a story of his own.  I could totally imagine him shape-shifting into a man and sweeping some lucky gal off her feet.  If I wrote paranormal romance, I would totally do that.  Since I don't, feel free to snatch the idea and make it your own.

Inspiration comes in so many funny ways.  Anything odd inspire you lately?


  1. Wow, beautiful. I love was a teenage dream of mine to work with a raptor rescue group in New York State, because I couldn't help but be in awe of such powerful, lovely creatures. (Incidentally, the only reason that I DIDN'T is that we moved away...)

  2. What a glorious creature. I'm still waiting for inspiration to strike!

  3. I've always loved them, too, Faith. They have a raptor program here at Colorado State University, but I've never been over there. (It's a three+ hour drive.)

    It'll grab you soon, Debs. Inspiration is just around the corner.

  4. You could write a poem entitled "The Harpy Eagle." And 250 years from now it might still be famous, and there might even be a football team (or whatever sport people are playing 250 years from now) named after the poem. Kind of like some other poem about a bird...which I can't think of at the moment.

  5. Wow, that eagle is huge! I love cool birds, too. We live out in the boonies, so we see hawks and owls all the time, which is amazing. Bird geeks, unite!