dVerse — Haibun 96 — Eagle-Eyes

Eaglets at Sunrise #343 Painting by Rhonda Hager

 

Not in the present tense and not experienced by me, but still relevant to the prompt, it is about an event that happened with Bob, my ex-boyfriend, and Chauncey, our Boston Terrier, on our sailboat a few years ago. Bob had buoyed offshore in the inland lake we live near. He noticed a bald eagle in the sky hunting. As he watched the eagle, it began a descent in hunt mode – headed right towards the boat, apparently targeting Chauncey! Bob lurched forward and nabbed Chauncey just as the eagle hit the water near the boat, then rose with a fish in her talons.

Hungry eaglets eat
as a small dog sleeps on deck —
sun-glittered water.

 

from Steve Miller’s excellent album, “Born 2B Blue”

image:  “Eaglets at Sunrise #343,” by Rhonda Hager.

Frank J. Tassone is today’s host of dVerse’ Haibun Monday. Frank says:
Let’s write our haibun that references the Eagle, in whatever context I’ve mentioned, or that you conceive. For those new to haibun, the form consists of one to a few paragraphs of prose—usually written in the present tense—that evoke an experience and are often non-fictional/autobiographical. They may be preceded or followed by one or more haiku—nature-based, using a seasonal image—that complement without directly repeating what the prose stated.

68 Comments Add yours

  1. Exquisite! A few seconds of heart-pounding excitement, captured in so few words! Brava, Lisa!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 Thank you!

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  2. Oh… and he probably had the eyes on the fish all along… but I can understand the scare.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Bjorn!

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  3. Ingrid says:

    This sounds like a near miss: if a golden eagle can take a lamb, I’m sure a bald eagle could take a small dog!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      You’re right. Hard to know who the eagle was aiming as seeing the moving human could have had an effect on target. Glad all ended well!

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  4. Reena Saxena says:

    Scary! though the dog remained oblivious to all of it in his sleep.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes, both before and after 🙂

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  5. Myrna Migala says:

    WoW! Great story!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Myrna.

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  6. Gillena Cox says:

    Bravo for BF grabbing Chauncey abd keeping him from becoming an eagle’s meal

    Happy Monday

    Much💖love

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes, it could have turned out differently if he hadn’t seen the eagle! Thank you, Gillena.

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  7. I’m sure fish tastes better than terrier, and certainly puts up less resistance! Great sighting though!

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  8. Ron. says:

    How wonderful to have had such an up-close and personal encounter. Very cool, Lisa; Thanks.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Indeed, Ron, thank you 🙂

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  9. Glenn A. Buttkus says:

    Truth does rival fiction much of the time. Small dogs are coyote bait around here. You really did pack a lot into one poetic paragraph.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      So true, Glenn! Thank you!

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  10. lillian says:

    Love the tension in the telling here….and the relief when the eagle’s talons came up with the fish. It reminds me of a very sad encounter I had with some kind of bird of prey…..driving home with our kids in the car when they were still in car seats, right before we got to our house a large bird flew down into the neighbor’s yard with its talons outstretched and picked up a tiny baby bunny and started to fly off. I slammed on the brakes, laid on the horn and got out of the car yelling at the bird. Silly me. The bird did drop the bunny but what was I thinking? The bunny was dead and that made it even more traumatic for our kids! So I’m very glad in your tale, the eagle only got the fish!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      It’s a bird eat bunny (or fish) world we live in, you’re right. It isn’t easy to witness though. Thank you, Lillian.

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  11. rothpoetry says:

    Great story Lisa. That would be rather unnerving. Glad Chauncy made it to see another day!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks Dwight. Me too! Maybe the eagle was aiming for the fish all along, but maybe not. The end result is Chauncey made it to see another day 🙂

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  12. K.Hartless says:

    The artwork and the haiku. A story but also a message. I really enjoyed your haibun. Glad to have found your blog. (It’s lovely).

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, K, and glad you did also 🙂

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  13. Jeez, this sounds like a pretty frightening event!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I wasn’t there, but Bob sure was animated as he described it. All’s well that ends well 🙂

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      1. That’s true, luckily, nothing bad happened. Still, I can only imagine what kind of adrenaline rush you must get witnessing this bird shooting out of the sky and in the direction of your dog…

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  14. Truedessa says:

    Great account of the eagle on a hunt. I once saw one catch a fish out of the water, it swooped with lightning speed to catch his meal. They have been known to take small dogs and cats. So, glad it was a fish.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I would love to see an eagle fishing sometime. I bet it was amazing, Truedessa

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  15. M Jay Dixit says:

    Whoa, I’d be scared like hell too! This was so gripping, loved it.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      It’s an amazing story, but only because Chauncey survived. Otherwise it would be a tragedy to be forgotten. Thanks for reading, Jay 🙂

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      1. M Jay Dixit says:

        Of course. You’re welcome, Lisa🙂

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  16. -Eugenia says:

    An exciting story, Lisa, I am glad it turned out well. That had to be a scary ordeal.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Eugi!

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      1. -Eugenia says:

        Most welcome, Lisa!

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  17. That was a scary moment. Thank goodness Chauncey wasn’t the prey 😯

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  18. Wow. What an amazing story — with a relatively happy ending — I’m sure the fish didn’t think so…

    And great telling of it. Love that image!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you and glad you enjoyed the tale!

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  19. robtkistner says:

    Great write Lisa. I used to watch Eagles and especially Osprey fish often during the summer, as I was doing the same for many years in the mountain lakes of Oregon. Breathtaking creatures!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Rob, I like the idea of you fishing with Eagles and Osprey. Can’t imagine how bonding that must have felt.

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  20. Sadje says:

    His/hers intentions were misunderstood! Nice story. A wonderful picture

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes, Sadje! Thank you.

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome 😉

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  21. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    Eagles know no fear. I’ve seen them on film get Rams off of mountains the hard way…Some of the best hunters ever.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      That would seem to have a great payoff for them, never thought of that way of hunting but it works!

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  22. B Gourley says:

    Nicely composed.

    The eagle probably wants to stick to food it recognizes.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you. I think you’re right, it was Bob who thought the worst.

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  23. You created heart stopping tension there!
    Great haiku, Li. ❤️

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Punam 🙂

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      1. You are very welcome. 🙂

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  24. kim881 says:

    You really captured the tension in a single paragraph, Lisa! I’m glad Chauncey was unscathed, and the Eagle was satisfied by the fish.

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  25. Bob lurched forward and nabbed Chauncey just as the eagle hit…

    Wow – that’s scary! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    -David

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    1. msjadeli says:

      You’re welcome!

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  26. calmkate says:

    How very brave of Bob … glad they both lived to tell the scary story … and retold it with artful relish 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 Yes, he wasn’t going to let Chaun be carried off.

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  27. memadtwo says:

    That was a good save! (K)

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  28. Chris Hall says:

    A close call, you had me worried for a moment. I love your verse and the artwork too!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Chris!

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  29. kaykuala h says:

    They are fast to change course immediately. They cultivate a Plan B syndrome really that fast.!

    Hank

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    1. msjadeli says:

      So glad the eagle went to Plan B!

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  30. How nearly tragic, yet so thrilling!

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  31. judeitakali says:

    Haha, fun to read

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 Thanks, Jude!

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