The Cumberland Country Winter Eagle Festival was held this weekend in Mauricetown, NJ (near Cape May). The Glades Wildlife Refuge (shown below) is home to literally dozens of Bald eagles. Over the past two days, I personally saw at least a dozen Bald eagles as well as many Red-tailed hawks, Northern harriers, and Turkey vultures.
There were beautiful eagles almost everywhere around Cumberland County. Apparently, the habitat is almost ideal for nesting. In the sequence (four photos below), that mating pair put on quite a show. (Note: The male is on the left and the female on the right.)
The real highlight of this trip for me was meeting Pete and Linda Dunne. Pete’s is the retired director of the Cape May Bird Observatory. Pete (and Linda) are giants in the birding world, and Pete is a great writer. I think I have most all of his books, three favorites are Golden Wings, Hawks in Flight, and The Feather Quest.
This Red-tailed’s name is Aldora (“Winged Gift”); she is an “educational bird,” and she was on display as a terrific hawk ambassador at the show from the Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge.
There were Turkey vultures everywhere, too.
This is Turkey Point in the Glades Wildlife Refuge.