I just wanted everyone to know that the LLano River eagles have built their new nest just down the Llano River enough that we cannot see them from Hwy 29 as we have in the past. We have spotted them occasionally visiting the old site but their daily nest activities can only be seen on private property. We will miss seeing them this year!
Llano River Eagle Update: I went to the nest Tursday evening just as the sun was setting. Just as before, the pair flew in just as it was almost dark, one of them carrying a stick. They put the stick right where the arrow was pointing on Je...ss Thopmpson's website, www.cottonwoodphotography.com. With no activity reported at all the last few weeks that was good news! I went again to the nest the next day, meeting Jim Baines there who was hoping to capture some great photos of the pair. Once again we stayed until sunset and the eagles never came. This is such a mystery, on one hand I feel like they must have another nest by now but on the other if they had one, they wouldn't sleep in the old tree would they? it definitely tells me there are no eggs yet. We will keep watching and keep you posted!. www.buchanan-inks.com for updates and photos!
Oct 26, 2014 Tony Rios,
from San Antonio, caught t
his on Inks Lake just below the dam.
34" Striper that weighed 14lbs!
****UPDATE****10/25/14 We went to the nest early again, before the sunrise and found the two bald eagles sitting close together on a tree branch. We went to try to see them working on the nest but they left the tree at first light and then still hadn't returned by 11:15 a.m. The camera is hard to focus in that light but here are some fuzzy pics taken while we were there. Photos are by Jim Baines Thank you Jim for donating so many beautiful pictures to our chamber to share all over the U.S. and helping us promote our beautiful Hill Country!
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These 2013 pictures below capture how the eagles just fly right into a dead branch and break it off and carry it to the nest. (I had always pictured them just picking them up off the ground!) Photos by Jim Baines
The eagles have started building their nest just to the left of the old tree that fell. We were thrilled to get that news from the photographer, Jess Thompson, who has posted last weeks pictures on his website, www.cottonwoodphotography.com I have been back to the nest daily, you can go at first light and at dusk and see them now that they are sleeping in that tree.
This picture and others like it were taken by photographer Jim Baines. To see more eagle pictures, click here
The Llano River Eagles on Hwy 29 are going to get a big surprise when they return this year. The tree they were in has rotten and hollowed and has now fallen along with the nest. This is actually the third tree this couple has built a nest in and we will be very interested to see where they build next! Hopefully they will only move a few trees over like last time.
Click here for last year's photo album and slide show!
***UPDATE*** 10/5/14 The pair have returned and have been sited in the area where the old nest was. But still no clues as yet where they will build.
***UPDATE*** 10/20/14 I have been to the nest approximately 15 times and haven't seen the eagles. I have gone early, late, noon, to no avail. Last night I was coming toward Buchanan from Kingsland and decided to pop up there even tho it was probably too dark to see anything. I think it was about 7:30 pm, just when the sun was already down but a little light was still left. As I pulled into the paved part, two birds came flying in, heading west and I could see they weren't vultures but couldn't see any white on them. I pulled up through the dirt lot and saw one land in the tree to the east of the old tree. Through my binoculars, even tho it is almost dark I can see the silhouette and can tell it's an eagle but again, no white. Just as I started to wonder if it was a juvenile or a golden eagle I looked a little to the right and the pair of bald eagles were there, in the tree to the west of the old tree, so I assume the other is a juvenile from last year! I have only seen a juvenile return with them once since they started coming and I know he won't stay but I was excited to see him. Since it turned completely dark while I was sitting there, I guessed they would spend the night there so I returned this morning at first light (about 6:45 am) and I got to see the bald eagles again but didn't see the juvenile. I wanted pictures but they made some funny calls, pooped and left before it was light enough. I can't help but get my hopes up that they will build there again! Oh, and I also heard a long horned owl there this morning. I saw the nest last year and didn't know what lived in it until I asked Texas Parks and Wildlife, I would not have guessed that they would nest around and eagle and vise versa.
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The Llano River Eagles have returned to find their old nest has fallen and they will have to build another. Such is the life of an eagle. They have been observed in the surrounding trees of the old nest but no clues yet as to where they will build next. We will post again when we know more!
Thomas the Tank Engine returns to Burnet this weekend!!!
Buchanan VFD 39th Annual BBQ
Come join us at the Red Barn Community Center in Buchanan Dam for some finger lickin good BBQ and help us support our local Volunteer Fire Dept! September 20th at 11 am we will start serving and will continue until it's gone. We will have music, a sweet shop, cake walk and more! We will also have a silent auction, you need not be present to win. All proceeds will go towardpurchasing GPS units for the fire truck and outfitting the new heavy brush truck.
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