Eagle and Egret
“Bald Eagle Captures Cattle Egret 200 yds above Hwy 190!
On Thursday Feb 18, 2010 at approximately 4:30 p.m. right above Hwy 190 between Livonia and Erwinville (approx 1 mile West of the landfill) I saw one of the most amazing sights of nature occur. I was driving home from work and saw a large dark bird making small clockwise circles above 190. At first I through it was a vulture but noticed that the wings weren't tipping as a vulture does, so I kept one eye on the bird and the other on the road. As I drove nearer I saw a smaller white bird in front of the darker bird and the darker bird looked to be chasing it. It was then that I saw the white tail feathers and white head of the dark bird and realized it was a Bald Eagle and then realized that it was trying to catch a Cattle Egret. I watched them do approximately 8 circles, although the Egret was trying to fly straight away the Eagle kept coming at it from the Egret’s right side making it turn clockwise. I was just about to pass them at this point when I thought this was way too cool not to stop and watch this event taking shape about 200 yards above my head and quickly went from the left lane to the side of the road, I do believe I really ticked off the guy in the right lane but too bad, this was just to awesome to miss.
I jumped out of my car quickly and searched above me for the 2 birds but couldn't see them, they had gotten between me and the sun. I lost sight of them for approximately 45 seconds to 1 minute, while pulling over parking, getting out and trying to find them. By the time I did see them again they were joined together. The Eagle was on top and the Cattle Egret below him with the Eagles talons wrapped around the Egret. The Eagle then flew ESE from Hwy 190 with the Egret clenched in its claws. He was flying in a straight line over a green field about 80 yds above the ground, at one point the Eagle faltered a little bit but caught itself right away and flew over some trees and that was the last I saw of them.
Thanks for letting me relive this through words Jim. Take Care,
Stephen M. Stone Natural Resources Specialist (Ranger) Atchafalaya Basin Floodway System US Army Corps of Engineers”
The river reads 16.5 feet on the Butte La Rose gauge today, falling slowly to about 16.0 feet next week. The Ohio and Mississippi are both falling all the way up, and it’s a good thing too. There is not much room in the Basin for the spring rise right now. We’ll see.
Rise and shine, Jim