Kingwood kayaker and wildlife photographer Emily Murphy has done it again. This time her great eye and quick reflexes captured this juvenile bald eagle flying over the San Jacinto West Fork near where Romerica proposes to build 25-50 story high rises. It’s evidence that eagles are nesting nearby.
The absence of white in the chin and cheeks of this eagle suggests it is very young and recently fledged. However, Fred Collins from Harris County Precinct 3, who is director of the Kleb Woods Nature Preserve in Tomball, thinks it is older. Says Klebs, “I think this is last year’s chick. I am fairly confident it is not this year’s hatch because it is molting.”
Regardless, the good news is that we seem to have an active and expanding eagle population on the San Jacinto and in Lake Houston. Below are a couple shots I took in January while on a ride-along with HPD Lake Patrol, graciously arranged by Houston City Council Member Dave Martin. Weather conditions were rough; the boat was pitching wildly. But we still photographed several eagles.
Other Area Wildlife
The Lake, River, swamps and wetlands this time of year teem with nesting birds of many species. Right about now, egrets are pairing up, building nests and laying eggs. So are the roseate spoonbills. Within a few weeks, chicks will hatch and by June, a new generation will be hunting the shorelines. Meanwhile, many other species are migrating through the area about now.
Get out and enjoy the wildlife in our wonderful parks! East End is a favorite location for birders. They have spotted more than 140 species there, including several that are threatened or endangered. Below are several shots that I took in the last two years.
So grab your binoculars or camera and get out and enjoy this wonderful spring weather. After all, this is why we live here. Kingwood really is the livable forest!
Posted by Bob Rehak on 3/30/2019
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