When I saw the pair of Bald Eagles standing on the frozen ice of the marsh at Lake Erie Metropark, it looked to me the birds were in deep discussion.
I first saw the eagles flying low over the treetops and when they disappeared from sight, I suspected they might have landed on the ice.
I drove toward the open marsh, passing a flock of about 150 American Robins foraging berries in the dense shrubs lining the road.
My suspicions were confirmed: the birds stood 200 feet away on the frozen ice, easily seen from the road.
The two birds were face-to-face.
I imagined one was saying to the other, “I thought you were bringing lunch.”
In my imagination, the other eagle replied, “No, it was your turn. I brought lunch yesterday.”
The two eagles looked to their right and to their left.
There was no open ice in the area the eagles were standing, which made me wonder why they chose to land in that location.
I’ve seen Bald Eagles on ice in winter, usually on the edge of the frozen ice near open water where they can find fish.
Or quickly chase after ducks who have a harder time taking off when there are patches of ice.
I watched in fascination from the road, before both eagles flew off in different directions.
I wonder what they decided on for lunch?