The Eagle Has Landed – A Haibun

The Eagle Has Landed

I was walking my dogs early one morning last fall and saw a bird flying above.  I knew immediately by the immense span of black/brown wings and striking white head that it was a bald eagle.

To my surprise he landed on a tree just in front of us on one of the lower branches.  We stopped in our tracks and the dogs quietly sat down and none of us moved a muscle. 

The majestic eagle stayed in place for at least two minutes while I watched in awe.  I was so excited I wanted to get a photo and of course all I had was an iPhone with two large Labs on leashes, but I managed to get a least one picture, even though it’s a little grainy. (see below).  These moments are like little gifts from Nature.

The Bald Eagle stayed
only for a few minutes but
graced with his presence
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Frank Tassone is hosting Haibun Monday at D'Verse Poets
tonight and has prompted us to write a Haibun referencing
the Eagle.

The top photo is an Image by rjmcsorley from Pixabay 
The Bottom one is mine from an iPhone


  32 comments for “The Eagle Has Landed – A Haibun

  1. February 3, 2021 at 2:57 pm

    What a nice treat that was.

    • Christine Bolton
      February 3, 2021 at 5:21 pm

      It was a gift. I was so excited!

  2. February 2, 2021 at 7:38 pm

    Lovely share, Christine! You were destined to meet.

    • Christine Bolton
      February 2, 2021 at 11:31 pm

      Thanks Eugenia. I think maybe you were right ☺️

      • February 3, 2021 at 2:05 pm

        Most welcome, Christine!

  3. February 2, 2021 at 2:31 pm

    What a magnificent gift from nature! Thank you for sharing your photos, though it is less clear than the featured image, it brings the magic and excitement of the moment to life.

    • Christine Bolton
      February 2, 2021 at 9:09 pm

      Thanks Ingrid. Yes I was struggling with an iPhone and 2 big dogs on leashes. There was no time to get in position or worry about the lighting! LOL 🤣 My picture was so pathetic I had get a proper one from Pixabay.

  4. Beverly Crawford
    February 2, 2021 at 1:31 pm

    What a wonderful encounter. Such moments leave us feeling we’ve touched the hand of God.

    • Christine Bolton
      February 2, 2021 at 9:26 pm

      Yes I always feel like I have entered another world in those moments. Thanks Bev 🥰

  5. Beverly Crawford
    February 2, 2021 at 1:29 pm

    What a wonderful encounter! Such moments leave us feeling we’ve touched the hand of God!

  6. February 2, 2021 at 9:57 am

    What a majestic bird! There is something about the eagle that engenders awe. I liked that your digs were silent before the eagle. That says something about how nature is in balance, even when we are not. Lovely words, too.

    • Christine Bolton
      February 2, 2021 at 11:06 pm

      Thank you Regina. Yes I agree with you about balance in nature. That is why it is so soothing for us. I do wonder about the earth’s imbalance with the way we have been treating it in recent years. Hopefully it will stabilize now that we have new and better leadership 🥰

  7. February 2, 2021 at 6:49 am

    great shot and magical encounter, how blessed!

    • Christine Bolton
      February 2, 2021 at 8:14 am

      Thanks Kate. Mine was the not so good shot! Lol ☺️

      • February 2, 2021 at 1:44 pm

        I got that Christine, meant it was great under the circumstances … I can still see it’s an eagle 🙂

      • Christine Bolton
        February 2, 2021 at 9:16 pm

        Thanks Kate. There was no time to consider lighting and focus etc! 🤣 I just loved staring at him 💕

      • February 4, 2021 at 4:10 am

        finally I’ve made the decision to enjoy the moment rather than fiddle with photography 🙂

      • Christine Bolton
        February 4, 2021 at 8:42 am

        I know, I’ve missed some beautiful moments for a photo to remind me of what I had seen . When in all reality the moment would have been more memorable. 😕

      • February 4, 2021 at 4:32 pm

        I danced between the two for years but who really looks at our photos, I may as well take full benefit 🙂

  8. February 2, 2021 at 4:31 am

    Christine, this is so cool! Where was this?


    • Christine Bolton
      February 2, 2021 at 8:17 am

      In Florida David. Thanks 😊

  9. February 2, 2021 at 2:26 am

    That is a wonderful encounter, Christine!

  10. February 2, 2021 at 12:12 am

    Wonderful Christine. Seems our feathered friend was being demure… 🙂

    • Christine Bolton
      February 2, 2021 at 8:19 am

      Or maybe just resting ☺️ Thanks Rob

  11. February 1, 2021 at 11:03 pm

    A wonderful experience. Nice photo

    • Christine Bolton
      February 1, 2021 at 11:34 pm

      Thanks Sadje. Mine was the lesser of the two pics 🤣

      • February 2, 2021 at 12:25 am

        I know but still clear

  12. February 1, 2021 at 10:36 pm

    How wonderful to see a Bald Eagle close-up! It really is a gift of nature to be so close to one. Was he going to try to go for your dog??

    • Christine Bolton
      February 1, 2021 at 11:32 pm

      Oh no! 2 big black labs. He wouldn’t dare 🙂👍

      • February 2, 2021 at 10:10 am

        That is true. They are much to big for him!

  13. February 1, 2021 at 10:15 pm

    Lovely encounter, and marvelous retelling. Eagles rule, every which way.

    • Christine Bolton
      February 1, 2021 at 11:33 pm

      They do! I just wished he had stayed longer. Thanks Glen. ☺️

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