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Eagle's Fly

Eagle's Fly

A Story by Cherrie Palmer
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A Saturday visitation

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Nineteen degrees and blue skies, a perfect day for window watching. An azure sky engulfed the horizon. The Sun's soft yellow turned bright when a zephyr blew back it's morning cover.

 Two eagles soared into view. The pair had been using our yard as a jungle-gym for over two weeks. With a lazy-swoop, they landed in a great oak tree. They rested a few feet from our window.  The female looked on, as the male took to flight. He buzzed our house flying low. I ran from the living room to our dining room window for a better look at him. Jetting between cedars he maneuvered. Then he rose straight up to a sky-blue stage.
 
Mighty wings quickly had him gliding on thermal winds. Soon a second male joined the exhibit. Both eagles flew circling the Sun, surfing the currants. Their wings were stretched tight, being carried even higher.  For a moment we lost sight of them.

As they reappeared, the two were cartwheeling to the earth below. Tumbling down like acrobats. Their intended prize calmly watched from her perch as my husband, and I excitedly gazed on.  Just as quickly as the descent started, it ended. The challengers broke free from one another’s talons. They returned to the heavens, pushing even higher. We, three onlookers, watched in amazement. The two competitors seemed to occupy the same space measuring each other.

The would-be queen sat loftily on her perch.  Waiting to see who would be victorious. With a loud cry, she called to them then fluffed out her plumage.

 We watched the smaller bird soar away,  maybe a bit wiser for the next time. Her victor began his rapid descent feet first. Almost in a free fall, he plummeted to her side. The discovery channel could not compare to our front row seat.

He fanned his tail feathers while using his wings like rotors. He kited straight to her branch. No sooner did he touch the limb that she rested on and he was air-born once more. Hugging the earth, he flew close enough for us to see the nostrils in his beak. A casual flick of wing turned supersonic, and he cleared the tree line. A single tail feather floated down, resting on the frozen ground.

Gracefully she took to air as merrily we watched them leave our sight. We stood for several minutes eager for their return, but they took their merriment elsewhere, leaving us to ponder.


© 2018 Cherrie Palmer



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Hey you... You just made me want to fly, or rather these rather special and magical words of yours did.... what could possibly be better........Cheers Cherrie......... Neville

Posted 1 Week Ago


Cherrie Palmer

1 Week Ago

Thank you Neville. It was an awesome sight. That I tried to capture.
Neville Pettitt

1 Week Ago

I bet.. and you did it justice & tremendously so... N
Cherrie Palmer

1 Week Ago

Thank you:)
In the rain when other birds seek for shelter, the eagle flies above the clouds. There is so much we can learn from nature. Great write, the way you described it is fantastic!
-GS

Posted 2 Months Ago


Cherrie Palmer

2 Months Ago

I agree with you Nature tells us about the day to come in so many ways if we would just talk the tim.. read more
The most important trait to develop, when becoming a writer, is your power of observation & this is a perfect example of why I often say that. I live next to a huge wilderness on the California coast & I also get to watch lots of wildlife up close. I’ve written a ton of stuff about my surroundings, but I’ve never even come close to writing something this detailed & specific about a particular birdwatching session. You not only draw word pictures of what is happening, but you also imbue your descriptions with strong sensations, such as the power & majesty of these birds. I love how you show us their interactions, becuz I’m fascinated by the way wildlife interacts with each other. I’m highly inspired to do better when describing my gorgeous natural surroundings now! *smile* (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 2 Months Ago


I envy your front row seats. Your writing really helped me envision the wondrous sight.

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Posted 2 Months Ago


Cherrie Palmer

2 Months Ago

Thank you, I'm glad you could picture it. Saturday night while bass fishing in a small cove we got t.. read more
I really enjoyed reading this. The wonders of nature...Thank you for sharing the amazing experience.

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Posted 2 Months Ago


Cherrie Palmer

2 Months Ago

Thank you so much
Wow, its these kinds of moments that are touched, and when we get to see them that closely, its just so special. You descried it beautifully, one of natures wonders and in this case obviously meant for your eyes to see. Great story.

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Posted 2 Months Ago


Cherrie Palmer

2 Months Ago

We love stuff like that. I am fortunate to live in a place with lots of wildlife
This was so full of the beauty of these creatures. The best experience I ever had with the eagle was a fantastic National Geographic video on the eagle. I was amazed at the wondrous things they could do. I'm not embarrassed to admit it, but the sheer beauty of it had tears running down my cheeks.

Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us.

Take care - Dave

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Posted 6 Months Ago


Cherrie Palmer

6 Months Ago

Thank you Dave, your reviews mean so much to me.
Dave

6 Months Ago

It's a pleasure reading your writes.

Take care - ,Dave
A wonderful story told. Watching the eagles must of been a amazing site. The bird of prey is so beautiful and powerful. Nature is perfect and dangerous in the same breathe and thoughts. Thank you Cherrie for sharing the amazing story.
Coyote

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Posted 6 Months Ago


Cherrie Palmer

6 Months Ago

we just moved in December so I'm not sure how the eagles will hang around, but we are loving it.
Coyote Poetry

2 Months Ago

I love the eagles and the hawks.
This is such a breathtaking little snapshot. I felt like I was there. Beautiful job!

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Posted 7 Months Ago


Cherrie Palmer

7 Months Ago

Thank you, that is what I try to do :)
a breath taking read about a breath taking sight. Very nice.

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Posted 7 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Cherrie Palmer

7 Months Ago

Right before Christmas we sold our horse ranch and moved way out in the country about 1.5 miles from.. read more
roarke

6 Months Ago

I thought you were already in the country. Sounds like you are moving in the right directions Cherri.. read more

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Cherrie Palmer
Cherrie Palmer

Bull Shoals Lake, AR



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I am a published poet and love poetry. My husband and I live near the White River, and love trout fishing. I find my surroundings a great inspiration to me. I also have two books on Amazon Kindle: O.. more..

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