Eagle-eye snowbird: Winter visitor captures viral bird photos

Published: Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 12:54 PM.

“They were patient enough to wait 15, 20 minutes for me to figure out how to zoom,” she said.

She ended up with 12 photos of the birds, but only one of the pair, as they kept their distance from each other.

“The left one stayed pretty much in one little spot and the one on the right moved around and looked up at me,” she said, but she was unable to get a close-up shot of both in the frame, as “They never got any closer.”

Even from her perch on the condo’s balcony, Edwards said she knew the birds had some personality.

“One, he’s got this mean look on his face, and he’s saying, ‘Quit taking pictures,’ ” she related with a laugh. The other, she said was bristling as well, but only because it had just taken a dip in the ocean.

Though Edwards was astonished at the sight, Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge Director Amanda Wilkerson said this is not a totally unusual sight.

“We have eagles in our area and they do eat fish,” she said. “More or less, it’s just a cool thing to see.”

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