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At the Beach: Pacific Ocean Bald Eagles

While driving home on the beach a few days ago, I spied a large bald eagle along the water's edge.  He was stiffly planted right between two fishermen who were knee deep in the ocean.  This regal bird calmly stood in place while waiting for a snack. This is such a regular occurrence around these parts that we take it for granted at times.  Our feathered friends spend much time in our neighborhood each year, especially during February and March.  

After driving slowly (and widely) around our beach guest, I wondered if other beaches get to enjoy this American beauty?


Bald eagles can be found in every state except Hawaii. They are more prevalent in Florida, Wisconsin, Washington, Minnesota, Oregon, and Michigan; the largest concentration is in Alaska. 

Threatened with extinction in the 1940s, our national symbol's population dropped by well over 90 percent in the lower 48 states to fewer than 450 nesting pairs by the 1960s. Removed from the endangered species list in June, 2007, the recovery of the eagle has been noticeable throughout the Northwest, and coastal populations are clearly on the rise.


Pacific Ocean Bald Eagles


Pacific Ocean Bald Eagles

Pacific Ocean Bald Eagles
Pacific Ocean Bald Eagles
Pacific Ocean Bald Eagles
Pacific Ocean Bald Eagles


Someone caught this Eagle taking a rest on a local sign in our neighborhood.

Pacific Ocean Bald Eagles
Pacific Ocean Bald Eagles






Have you had the opportunity to enjoy 
the majesty of bald eagles at the beach?

3 comments:

  1. These are so gorgeous and I am so lucky to be able to watch them in their natural habitat here in Michigan.
    xoxo

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  2. We live in Michigan also, and the city we live in has a subdivision called Eagle Pointe and every once in a while you can see an eagle perched on a branch of one of the many trees in the area.

    Great photos btw.

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  3. Judy at Just BeachyMarch 12, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    There's a "family" of eagles here at Point Richmond in Gig Harbor, Wash., so I'm lucky enough to see them soaring a lot -- I've even had one fly past my bedroom window at eye level. It was amazing. What I find so peculiar is that whenever there's an eagle in the area, it's being chased by seagulls -- they dive-bomb the eagle, swirl around him and generally try to run him out of the area. Makes for fun eagle watching! Thanks for all these great photos.

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