#30DaysWild Day 25 White-tailed Eagle

The Sea Eagle

So many years since
last I saw this place,
place of my birth and hers.
Six long years to grow –
grow and gather my adult strength.

From a great height I found her
Now I must woo her –
dance the sky dance again and again,
Flipping my wings to roll over and over
from high to low in a graceful stoop.
I hope she’s watching.

What’s that above me,
that swoops fast towards me,
big and rapacious,
more than my match?
Buzzard tenacious
but I am determined
in love to be strong.
Wings entangle
roll over and over
falling fast, I struggle to stop,
extricate from the knot.

Shake free triumphant,
resume the skydance.
Now I am ready,
ready to mate.
father my brood,
hunt their food,
fight off intruders,
guide the next generation
on their long way.

(c) Vivienne Blake 12 June 2014

We were lucky to see a sea eagle around a nest on a trip to  the island of Hoy, Orkney in May this year.  No photos as it was a very distant view – follow the link above to see more about the eagles at ‘The Dwarfie Stone’.  Last year was the first time sea-eagles had nested on Hoy for 145 years.  Sally

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