As I drove down the road in the morning, I saw a large black object a good distance ahead, way up in a tall tree by the river.
My first thought was that it was just a large plastic bag that had been blown up into a tall tree, since it has been so windy around here and I have a tendency to mistake unusual things for bird sightings.
I took 20 colorful photos of a "family" of turkeys out in a field a few summers ago only to find out they were just tufts of mud...
So, I didn't get too excited about what might be a bag in a tree...until I was about 50 yards away and then I got a tingle down my spine.
I drove as close as possible and just started taking photos from a distance, half thinking it could still be a bag in a tree.
I knew I was on to something when a vehicle passed me and then did a 360 in the road and came back to look. The passenger had a camera and started taking photos from her side of the road.
There was no safe place to pull off the side of the road, since both sides were muddy ditches, so I took about 100 photos of a large dark object in a tree.
I rushed home and was relieved to see I got a few good photos and that the object of my focal point was indeed a huge American Bald Eagle.
Another great day in Vermont!