A terrible, blurry photo but I was lucky to catch them at all. You'll have to believe me when I tell you they are bald eagles. On my way to Riverdale, I saw one bald eagle at the top of a tree along a secondary road, a little surprising but eagles are seen around here. I had seen a newsclip about the Bald Eagle flyway through the Alberta Rockies recently. The mountains form a channel that lets the eagles soar for kilometres toward mating ground farther north. Except this is eastern Alberta, close to the Saskatchewan border, not that much more north than the flyway. When I reached Riverdale and had taken the dogs closer to the river, I noticed eagles flying overhead. I even missed one that was sitting on the top of a dead tree only 50 feet or so from me, until it flew off. Then I was treated to an aerial display, where two eagles locked talons and cartwheeled. Were they mating? There were two such pairs and there was another lone bird. The cartwheels didn't last long and when I got home, I consulted Mr. Google. When the eagles are really engaged, they lock talons and twirl over and over, only releasing their grip just before they crash into the ground. (The odd time they hit.) Bald eagles don't copulate in the air but the locked talons and cartwheels are part of the mating rite. What I observed was more likely some preliminary showing off and tussling. The main event will be later and not in the air. The presence of five birds indicates the "foreplay" was likely part of competing for and finding a suitable mate. Bald eagles mate for life so perhaps there is a nest along the river valley somewhere.
Canada geese are everywhere right now. These three were enjoying the sun from the ice on the opposite side of the river to me. They were good-sized geese.
If I'd been more alert, I could have taken this picture. Sadly, it isn't mine.
I've been married a long time and often write about everyday events.