Sunday, March 11, 2012
Close Encounter with the Raptor Kind
About 90 minutes later I was retracing my route. I came to an elevated boardwalk section of the trail just south of Fort Hunt Park. There were five or six people looking up into a tree that was arched over the boardwalk. I glanced up and RIGHT there was a big bald eagle. He was between 15 and 20 feet up in the tree and doing his regal scanning thing. The trail here is about 15 feet above the river bank so my little friend was perfectly situated to check out the menu at the Potomac Fish Market.
I took a few pictures and started to walk underneath to see if I could get an interesting angle. Splat! I think he took offense! Bald Eagle poo is a lot like pigeon poo, white and liquid. Thankfully, he missed me. Not finding a better shot, I rode off. As I did with my back to the eagle, a passing cyclists said that he just took off.
I think the pedals passed the test..