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A Different Kind Of Majesty At Church

Driving through Woodbridge VA, though not near the Potomac River, I looked off in the distance to see a very large bird on a church steeple across the road.

I could see it was a large bird.

Was it what I thought it was?

Pulling into the parking lot I was still about 200 feet from the bird.

This steeple is very high up and the parking lot is not too near to the church.

Getting out my binocks I could see it was what I hoped it was.

A very majestic bald eagle.

Extending the telephoto and stabilizing the camera on the roof of my car, I snapped this shot.

Fluffed against the breeze he was just looking around.

With his eyes he can see things up close, yet be looking from afar.

He did look at me for a while, saw how boring I was, and looked elsewhere.  I merely waited for the pose.

A different kind of majesty at church.

 

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 24 commentsJay Markanich • November 24 2013 03:58AM

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Great shot, Jay.  Yes, their eyesight is amazing.  It always makes me wonder, "what are they thinking?"

Posted by Women of Westchester Working Together, Women helping Women get ahead (Women of Westchester Working Together) over 4 years ago
even though i see them quite often on my walks i'm still in awe.
Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 4 years ago

Good morning, Jay....nice shot.... reminds me of so many agents... sit and wait.

Posted by Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes" (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) over 4 years ago

Looking at me, he was probably wondering if I was good, or just another stupid human Debbie.  He obviously decided on the latter.

Cindy - 4 and 20 of these guys baked in a pie would be a biggie big pie!  This was the big church on Minnieville Road, between the parkway and Smoketown.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 4 years ago

Ha Barbara!  Do they have telephoto eyes?  Or thinking?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 4 years ago

 Hi Jay,

I see the eagles around the river here. They are so cool to see. Thanks for sharing.

Have a great day in Bristow.

Best, Clint McKie

Posted by Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586 (Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections) over 4 years ago

 Good morning, Jay. That is a rare sight indeed! It is not very often that one gets to see a bald eagle. Great capture!

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 4 years ago

One of the most memorable sights of my last trip to Yellowstone, was watching an eagle swoop down and pick up a Cutthroad Trout from the water, swoop back up and away. 

We saw it perched at the top of a tree on the shore, but never expected to witness the feeding.

Along the George Washington Parkway, there are a couple of eagle nests in the woods along the Potomac River.  From time to time, they can be spotted from the overlooks.

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 4 years ago

They are really big birds Clint.  Once in the country I pulled around a curve in a dirt road and looked through a barbed-wire fence right into the face of an eagle about 10' away.  He was about 3' tall!  He looked me right in the eye.  We stared at each other and he casually walked away.  Not intimidated by the big red car and human face!

I had to stop Michael.  And I was in a hurry!  Worth it?  I think so!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 4 years ago

Very cool shot Jay! Looks like he is standing guard. 

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) over 4 years ago

I guess Fred.  That's a big bird!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 4 years ago

Eagles are a pretty interesting story of recovery--hardly rare likely they were once--and always majestic.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 4 years ago

They aren't rare around here Charlie.  For sure!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 4 years ago

Jay-It is nice to take in nature from time to time.

Posted by Wayne Johnson, San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale (Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS®) over 4 years ago

Good afternoon Jay,

You are saying you were not a tempting morsel!

Make yourself a great day.

Posted by Raymond E. Camp, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) over 4 years ago

I took it in from a distance Wayne!  It was worth pulling over and making my way back to see it closer!

Probably packing on a bit too much meat.  Thanks Raymond.  Same to you!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 4 years ago

Jay  Lovely.  We are lucky Ben Franklin didn't prevail when he recommended the turkey as our national bird

Posted by Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS" (RE/MAX Executives) over 4 years ago

He had some good ideas about that Karen, but they didn't fly...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 4 years ago

Birds of prey seem to be getting more common everywhere. I don't remember seeing many as a kid but they are all over the highways now.

Posted by Than Maynard, Broker - Licensed to List & Sell - 405-990-8862 (Coldwell Banker Heart of Oklahoma) over 4 years ago

I never saw one of these as a kid Than.  But many now!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 4 years ago

Jay, what a great photo. Even though we live near a river, we rarely see these beautiful birds. I'm jealous of everyone who says they are a common sight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by Tom White, Franklin Homes Realty LLC, Franklin TN (Franklin Homes Realty LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.FranklinHomesRealty.com) over 4 years ago

Majestic bird I'm so glad they didn't take Franklins suggestion about the turkey. 

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty AR LLC) over 4 years ago

Seems an appropriate perch ...presiding over the countryside for such a majestic bird.

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 4 years ago

I wouldn't call them common around here Tom, but I do see them from time to time.  Hawks are very prevalent too.

James - he had his reasons, and they are a bird that is found only here.  But there is not much majesty to it!

He is high up S&D!  And far from my photo perch!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 4 years ago

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