Thursday, May 2, 2013

Nordvoll Part II

White Tailed Eagle (the European version of the bald eagle and with the largest average wingspan of any eagle!)
From Wikipedia: "The single confirmed case of an eagle flying with a human being involved the White-tailed Eagle. One June 5, 1932, Svanhild Hansen, a 4-year-old girl, was playing next to her parent's farm house in Norway when a White-tailed Eagle grabbed her by the back of her dress and flew with her to its eyrie. The eyrie was 800 m (2,600 ft) up the side of the nearby mountain and about 1.6 km (0.99 mi) away in flying distance. The eagle dropped the young girl onto a narrow ledge about 15.2 m (50 ft) below the nest. After being discovered by a quickly formed search party, the little girl survived with no major injuries, ultimately having kept her talon-pierced dress throughout her life."
Also, generations of these eagles like to use the same nests, even using the same ever-enlarging nest for more than 100 years.

The farmhouse of Nordvoll Farm on May 1
How is it possible that this rock got that plaid pattern?
The hollowed-out retreating ice on the shore
 I could not stand the constant light so I hung trash bags in the window. Without them, I woke up at 3am thinking it was 8.
A pod of maybe a half-dozen killer whales swam by way out in the sound. You could just see their tails and backs every minute or so.

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