Bald eagles are frequent winter visitors to the Ouachitas. There are rather large populations that take up snowbird residence around the Diamond Lakes of the Hot Springs area, though residents say the eagles have been spotted in Ferndale near well-stocked lakes, notably the C.A. Vines Arkansas 4-H Center.

The flash of white in his head and tail feathers caught my eye while sitting at the computer. Fortunately, the camera was in reach to capture this long-range image before he flew north and out of sight.

(Hot Springs, the nation’s first national park, would be about 80 miles southwest, to the left, behind the eagle.)

Bald Eagle cruising the Ouachitas
Bald eagle cruises the folds of the wintry Ouachitas.

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