For the past year or so we've had two eagles living in the fir trees right by our front door. There's no evidence of a nest, but they do seem to come back to those trees every evening in the fall and winter. We have no idea where they go in the summer. Anyway, they usually return and leave in the darkness of dusk and dawn, which makes them kind of hard to spot in failing light 50 feet up in a tree. On Christmas day 2011, however, they treated us to a rare early afternoon appearance in good light and good weather...so I got out my camera.