Yellowstone Encore

I spoke too soon yesterday when I reported the end of our photo safari in Yellowstone!  Delighted with our experiences and photos this past week, we knew it couldn’t get any better.  Yet, we ventured in again and the park gave us its best encore performance!  Perched high on a branch, Greg spotted a juvenile bald eagle.  With its consistent crying call, he thought mama must be nearby.  And she was!  High in a tree, several hundred feet across the road near the river!  Instantly people armed with binoculars and cameras swarmed the area creating a traffic jam in the process.  After posing for a brief time, she took flight, circled the area and landed out of view.  The crowds dispersed.  Greg climbed down to the river’s edge anticipating that mama would soon fish for breakfast.  He was so right!  Over the next hour, we watched in awe as mama and baby enjoyed a fish treat.  It was truly an incredible experience seeing it unfold.  Just the two of us on the river bank watching the two of them. 

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16 Comments on “Yellowstone Encore

  1. Greg and Rosanne – did you all by chance go through Richland, WA on your way from Seattle to Spokane? That’s where I was born!!! We also used to go to Priest Lake, ID which as I recall is up North of Coeur d’Alene. Loving your posts. I took that route you’re on a few years back when I had to drive Conn’s 36′ RV from San Jose back to Michigan. I picked up my Mom in Carson City and we drove up through Idaho, Yellowstone, and on to Mt. Rushmore. Then headed East, stopping at Wall Drug and various stops along the way. The thing I remember about the driving through Wyoming is the herds of antelope. Amazing. Safe travels!

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    • Larry, we took hwy90 north of Richland to Spokane. Glad you mentioned this because when we saw the signs for Richland we thought of you and meant to ask if we had your hometown correct!! So, we are following your route and are on our way to Mt. Rushmore. We’ll go south from there. We think you and Becky need to vacation in an RV and meet us on the road!

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      • Becky said she was not opposed to that. “Baby steps” – from the prefecter of “baby steps” – Bob.

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  2. You have figured out that wildlife jams occur quickly and then disperse. I like how you anticipated the movement of the eagle and found her later. Avoiding the people is the most important skill in observing wildlife in the Park. Over 90 percent of the use in Yellowstone is within 1/4 mile of a road.

    I was sitting in a cafe in Cody years ago with my Dad. We were there to visit the Winchester Collectors Show at

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    • the local high school. The 18 yo waitress asked my Dad if it was his first visit to the Park. No he said. I first came here in 1938. He took us in 1955. It made such an impression that I had a career in the outdoors because of it.

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