Most excellent eagle watching

To most people it’s still a pretty big deal to see a bald eagle in Kansas.

Imagine seeing more than 200 in one day.

It happened Tuesday to a crew of birders doing the annual Christmas Bird Count at the Quivira National Wildlife refuge.

The birds are stacked up at the refuge making good use of  a major kill on carp at the refuge’s Big Salt Marsh. The fish died when water levels dropped at the marsh.

Everything from tiny turtles to bald eagles are feasting on dead carp at the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge

Everything from tiny turtles to bald eagles are feasting on dead carp at the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge

About a month ago I photographed two whooping cranes picking at the carcasses.

Who knows how much longer the carp-fest will continue. No doubt 200 bald eagles can eat a lot in a hurry.

People wanting to enjoy the sight of so many eagles probably better get it done this weekend. Be sure to take good binoculars and be ready to use them scanning trees across the Big Salt Marsh.

But hey, if you can’t go this weekend go the next or the one after that. There should be eagles and clouds of waterfowl around for weeks to come.

Drive slowly down Q’s road’s, too. You don’t want to miss seeing any wildlife…especially a deer getting ready to jump in front of your car or truck.