On our vacation to eastern Canada in 2010, we kept our eyes open for Moose. Every Moose Crossing sign got us excited that we may see our first Moose. We were so disappointed that we never saw one.
In Australia, we were on the look-out for wildlife. We were determined to not go to any zoo’s or sanctuary’s to see animals. We were passionate about finding them in their natural habitats. Our determination paid off – we saw Sea Turtles, Monitor Lizard, Kangaroo’s, Koala’s, Echidna’s, Australian Sea-Lions, New Zealand Fur Seals, Fairy Penguins, a Dingo, Cassowary (father with baby chick), and even Platypus in the wild.
Since returning from Australia last fall, I find myself on high alert for wildlife, especially while driving. Yesterday, we were driving 81 North (between Watertown and the 1,000 Islands) when I saw something land in the grassy median. The way that this bird fell from the sky reminded me of the water eagle we had watched on the BBC dvd “Great Barrier Reef” the night prior. I frantically told my husband to pull over to which he replied that he would not. I told him to look as I thought I had seen a Bald Eagle. We both looked and watched this bird with a white head and ginormous wing span fly away. While on the ground, I remember seeing little birds all around the Bald Eagle that seemed to be frantic. I think I witnessed a live version of discovery channel and the reality that I dislike watching – the circle of life. Since I never got the chance to take a photo, here’s a photo and short description of the Bald Eagle: http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/birds/bald-eagle/
I believe that “having an eye for wildlife” is an acquired skill. I watched so many vehicles zip by this Bald Eagle, I wonder how many never even noticed. Seeing wildlife also requires sheer luck – being at the right place at the right time. If our schedule had have been earlier or delayed by a minute or two we likely would have missed seeing our very first Bald Eagle. We’ll never forget seeing a Bald Eagle on Memorial Day 2013. It was a sight that left me giddy afterwards.