Alaskan Man Befriends A Pair Of Wild Eagles, And They Now Live On A Nest Atop His House!
Every now and then, Steve Slade of Homer, Alaska enjoys throwing some food out for the neighborhood birds to eat. Normally a magpie or a crow will swoop down and gobble up the treat, but on one incredible occasion three years ago, Steve got an unexpected visitor: a fully-grown bald eagle!
“I had a bit of extra popcorn left over from a movie, so I brought it home to give to the birds,” he told The Dodo. “I sat some out on the railing of my deck and went back into the house. The next thing I saw was this huge eagle perched on the railing staring in at me through the window.”
While the majestic eagle wasn’t all that interested in the popcorn, she did take a liking to Steve. Since the day they met, she’s nested in a tree above his house, along with a smaller eagle whom Steve believes is her mate. The eagles return to the same meeting spot each year, and have even introduced their son to Steve. He fittingly calls the pair “Bonnie and Clyde.”
“Over the course of the next few months, mostly during winter, I’d see them very often,” Steve said. “Bonnie and Clyde would hang in the yard sometimes. Then one day, I saw a third one swoop down and he still had a brown head, so I knew it had to be their young kid.”
Steve’s house is right near the beach, so their nest above his house gives them a good fish-catching vantage point. When he looks out the window, he can often see them diving into the water for a tasty fish.
For the past three years, Steve has gotten to know the eagle family well. When he comes home for lunch, he’ll whistle up to them, and they’ll call back. But he’s careful not to overfeed them.
“I don’t want them to count me as their food source — that’s when they quit hunting,” he explained. “These birds are beautiful. I watch them hunt every day and they do very well here.”
Steve has developed a trusting relationship with the eagles. One morning, he even spotted one of them perched atop his truck. And when he looks up at their nest, he can often see their heads peeking out.
“There’s no denying why they’re our national bird,” he said. “They’re all muscle, and when they take off it’s just extraordinary to see. The intense look on their face, the way they hold themselves … they’re an animal you’ll never forget an encounter with, and I’m lucky to see them almost daily.”
( H/T thedodo.com )