I live less than 5 miles from the Missouri River and probably 10 miles from where the Missouri and Mississippi meet so bald eagles are not that uncommon a sight in the winter as they migrate down the rivers to open water to obtain their favorite food...fish.
Well a couple of years ago it was mid winter and a relatively nice day so I went out and let the hens out to have a bit of free "range" time. I was just hanging out when all of the sudden the hens took off for cover like customers when the doors opening at Wal Mart on black Friday. At first I'm doing the what, what, looking up, looking over here, looking over there, what, what!!!!!! Then it was like vision of the great one, just appeared, there he was sitting on my chain link fence and honestly I wanted to run for cover as well.
I just stood there and we check each other out for a couple minutes and he took off. I never saw one before that around my place and have never seen one since.
Another funny memory from that experience was my old Speckled Sussex, Spot, she was at least 8 at the time. I actually seen her get "air born" that day, albeit a very short distance but none the less OFF THE GROUND. I think it surprised her too. Spot is still with us by the way. Still moving slow but she still goes.