A Convocation of Eagles

19 Oct

eagles in flight

Hubby and I were on a hike last week through the woods near Ocqueoc Falls in northeastern lower Michigan. It’s a beautiful spot at any time of the year. In the fall it’s even more so. With God’s handiwork painted on the trees, it’s truly a sight to behold.

While admiring the colors and the ever-changing cloud formations, we also spotted a convocation of eagles. They soared above us on strong air currents. I could see three distinctly white heads among them, and at least two that appeared to be immature eagles. It took me a moment to get my camera turned on, but I managed to snap a few photos.

There are actually four birds in the photo above, but I didn’t see them all until I zoomed in the photo. One of the birds is almost hidden behind the dead trunk closest to the middle of the photo, and another is just above the tree tops to the left of him.

eagle in flight

Of course, by the time I got my camera on and up and ready and zoomed in … they were flying away.

While I’ve seen my share of eagles over the years, it’s rare to see more than a pair at once. To come upon a convocation (yes – that really is the term for a gathering of eagles) may be a once in a lifetime opportunity. I know I’ll never forget it. And I wouldn’t have seen it if I hadn’t been in the right place at the right time.

We almost missed this. We almost didn’t turn onto the road that leads to the falls. We almost drove on by. It was an after thought, a destination tacked on at the end of our color tour. I enjoyed the whole day, but years from now, this will be what sticks in my memory.

How often in life do we miss out on things because we drive on by, because we don’t follow our impulses to stop along the way? Follow an impulse at least once this week and let me know where it leads you.

~ Pegg Thomas

Trooper and Pegg cropped




Posted by on October 19, 2015 in Uncategorized


5 responses to “A Convocation of Eagles

  1. Robin Patchen

    October 19, 2015 at 8:33 am

    Beautiful, Pegg! We had a bald eagle hanging around here a month or so ago. They like a lake that’s about two miles from here, but what brought him to my neighborhood, I don’t know. He was here for a few days, and I haven’t seen him since. He was beautiful.

    It’s so hard sometimes to follow the impulse to do something out of the ordinary. I’m so scheduled, over-scheduled, probably, that the thought of stopping because of an impulse seems silly at the time. But I hate to think what I’m missing by keeping my eyes on the clock instead of on the world around me.

    Great points today. Thanks!


    • Pegg Thomas

      October 19, 2015 at 8:59 am

      We have bald eagles that live around us, we see them fairly frequently, a pair of them. One is HUGE! He was sitting in our horse pasture one morning and at first I thought it was a fence post. I never tire of seeing them.


  2. jerichakingston

    October 19, 2015 at 8:49 am

    I’m heading to the anatomy lab this morning to view muscles on models. If I’m surprised by anything amazing, I’ll share!


    • Pegg Thomas

      October 19, 2015 at 8:59 am

      Okaaaay … that could be, um, interesting?


  3. Candice Sue Patterson

    October 19, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    Gorgeous! Sounds like a great trip!



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