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Rhon Bell

Rhon Bell, an outdoor enthusiast, spends his time exploring the Maine Woods and documenting his journeys. Growing up in Aroostook County, he embraced the outdoor lifestyle at a young age. Living today near Portland, he spends weekends and week-long adventures hiking New England summits, canoeing the historic Maine waterways, and ice fishing for lake trout. Follow the journey as Window to the Woods discovers new destinations, and check out his other blog, Backwoods Plaid.

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Window to the Woods with Rhon Bell
Posted: January 22, 2015

Rare sight: A bald eagle photographed in a Maine snowstorm

Standing Watchful in the Snow

Standing Watchful in the Snow

If I were to bundle up the photos I feel most lucky to have photographed, these photos would surely be in that selection. Few things embody the quintessential American spirit like a bald eagle. Most folks haven’t had the rare opportunity to be up close and personal with the iconic bird in the wild. I’ve had quite a few chances, but none I was able to capture so clearly. It’s a moment worth one thousand words and, in my case, actually, 347 photos.

One afternoon, while ice fishing on a lake that shall remain nameless, we were counting our catch and tossing around the idea of heading home. Cumulatively, we had seven trout in the bucket. The hour was 11 a.m. The coffee had dried up hours ago, along with my energy. Luckily, we had found a few schools and chased flags all morning. One thing was different about this morning: We had unique visitors.

For 90 minutes we held the attention of a bald eagle as he sat comfortably and eyed our future fillets from 20 yards away. ¬†Taking to the air occasionally, he’d choose a new landing spot as if trying to convince us to offer a free meal. To be honest, I wasn’t sure if it was legal – so we withheld. We all left feeling lucky to have sat in such good company. Enjoy the photos and feel free to share this post with friends, or email me for high-resolution digital files for printing ($30; rhonbell@gmail.com).

The Battle Between the Bird and the Auger

The Battle Between the Bird and the Auger

 

Full Wing Span

Full Wing Span

 

Kicking Up Snow and Taking Flight

Kicking Up Snow and Taking Flight

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