Scott Valley, Short Stories, Siskiyou

The Eye of an Eagle

By Jay Martin

After a spell of bad weather, it was time to get outside and enjoy some sunshine. Being grateful for the much-needed moisture this winter and armed with my camera, I have an idea. Let’s go try and get a few shots of an eagle’s eye.

What is special about an eagle’s eyes?

An eagle’s vision is exceptionally sharp because each eye has two foveae – areas of acute vision – as compared with the human eye which only has one. The cones in the eagle’s fovea are very small and tightly grouped, allowing the eagle to see small details from extreme distances.

Island Road is a leisurely drive through the middle of the valley. The fields are asleep for the winter, and the opportunistic birds of prey favor this valley for easy winter feeding as the rodents and mice scurry around without the cover of vegetation.

Someday I seek to know more than just the Red-tailed Hawk, Bald Eagle, and Osprey. For today I will just enjoy nature and hope for a lucky capture.

What you may see on a sunny winters day

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