Bald Eagle [Haliaeetus leucocephalus] ~ 2016 #40

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Bald Eagle ~ Greater Vancouver Zoo, Abbotsford, BC ~ May 2015

The Bald Eagle is certainly a stately looking bird. The adults are very distinct with their white heads and brown bodies. The picture above was taken at the Greater Vancouver Zoo about a year ago. The Zoo houses two eagles that were rescued and wouldn’t be able to live in the wild as they were hit by cars and were not able to fly again. This gives an opportunity to get a little closer to these beauties than you would in the wild.

My first sighting this year was at Burnaby Lake in mid-March as shown in the pictures below.

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Bald Eagle dive bombing Coots ~ Burnaby Lake, Burnaby, BC ~ Mar 16, 2016

First I saw a group of Coots who were swimming like a little black cloud, all clustered together. I’d never seen them huddled like this before, usually they’re all scattered around. With my eyes still on the Coots they all of a sudden started scattering. Then the eagle came into view as he did some low pass-by’s right over the heads of the Coots. I’d never seen this type of activity before, but it went on for about 5 minutes. I was quite a distance away and so didn’t get as clear pictures as I would have liked, plus I was on a little pier that kept moving as people were walking around on it.

I don’t think he actually got any Coots that time, but he (she?) was definitely scoping out for another attempt.

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Bald Eagle ~ Burnaby Lake, Burnaby, BC ~ Mar 16, 2016


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