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Eddy Eagle makes a new friend
by Ruby Bell
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Eddie Eagle makes a new friend.
Eddie was growing up he was almost as big as father eagle. He would not have
his white feathers for another year, but he felt like he was grown and did not need
someone to boss him around anymore.
Each morning Eddie went to the lake to fish for his breakfast. He was proud of his
fishing skills. He remembered he catch fish he knew he could lift. Father Eagle was
not be around to help him like he had before when Eddie got excited and locked his
talons on a huge fish and almost drown because he could not lift it out of the water.
This morning he was enjoying his fish in the top of his favorite tree, watching
some crows steal food from the ducks along the lakeshore. The crows were having
so much fun they did not even eat the food they stole, simply dropping it in the lake
and looking for someone else to steal from.
At first Eddie was upset with the crows, then he began to think how funny the
ducks were, waddling after the crows trying to get the food back. Besides there were
a lot of crows he told himself and there was only one of him. Maybe he should try to
be friends and he could teach them to treat the other birds kinder.
When the crows tired of their game and stopped to rest Eddie flew over to the tree
they were in. "Hi fellows, looked like you were having a good time over there with
the ducks."
One crow seemed to be the leader, he answered Eddie "What business is it of
yours? We didn't hurt anyone."
"I know that, it just looked like you had fun. I didn't see you eat anything. Want me
to catch you a fish?"
The crows looked at one another and seemed to smile. "Sure," the leader said
"those ducks just catch the little bony fish."
Eddie flew out and caught a big fish and brought it back. "Here you are boys, have
a good breakfast."
"I think we will need another one we are pretty hungry. By the way I am Black
Jack." Eddie caught another fish, more crows had come and wanted a fish, so he
caught another one, and another one. Eddie lost count of how many fish he caught
that morning, but he was proud to have made some new friends on his own.
The next morning Black Jack and the others were waiting for Eddie. They didn't
give him a chance to eat until he had caught fish for all of them. As they watched
him eat Eddie asked, "What do you usually eat?" The crows laughed, "caw, caw, we
steal something, sometimes we have duck eggs or baby ducks."
Eddie said, "I am sorry to hear that, you shouldn't be so mean to other birds."
All at once a shotgun blast rang out and the crows that could flew away. Eddie
didn't know what to think, but he saw the man pointing the gun toward him, he
jumped straight up. His strong legs saved his life. The tree limb he had been on broke
in several pieces as the blast tore into it.
Eddie was pretty shook up by the shooting. He flew to the other side of the lake
and stopped to rest on a high rock. He thought he was alone, until he heard a cough.
Looking around he found an old hawk on the other side of the rock out of the wind.
Eddie started to leave and the hawk said, "Don't leave on my account I am too old to
bother you. I been watching you all morning, I saw you yesterday too." Cough,
cough, cough. "When you are hanging around with that crowd, makes others think
you are like them. Are you?" Eddie looked surprised, "No I wanted to teach them
how to treat others better."
"They are fooling you boy, I heard them laughing bout the way you fished for
them. They don't plan on changing. They just want what you can do for them."
"Cough, cough, cough, cough. You better be careful, the next time that man might
get you with his shot. He just don't like them crows one little bit. Cough, cough,
Eddie didn't like the sound of that cough, "Can I get you something? You sound
The hawk shook his head, "You better stay out of sight for a while that man might
be waiting for you. I just need a little sun."
Eddie and the old hawk sat in the sun and watched all that went on around the
lake. Eddie could see a long way. The hawk would ask, "What do you see now?"
Eddie would tell him about everything he saw. "I see a man and a little boy fishing
across the lake. Uh oh, the crows are coming back. I see something in the bushes
behind that old tree. The crows are landing in the tree to look around. The ducks are
gone because of the man and boy." They heard another shotgun blast. "Boy, look at
the feathers fly. A lot of crows were hit in that blast. I am glad I wasn't there."
Just as the sun went down, Hawk looked at Eddie and said, "You have to be
careful, who you hang out with. Their trouble can become yours' real easy, just from
you being seen with them." When the sun came up, Hawk didn't wake up.
Eddie had promised him to fly south to a lake he knew of. Eddie began his flight
with a shrill whistle of goodbye to Hawk……… Fly high Eddie!

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