Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Bald Eagle Flies Off Endangered Species List

In the Colvin Run Habitat we are celebrating the 4th of July - American Independence Day - a day of national traditions and symbols.
There may be no greater symbol of the American nation than the Bald Eagle. This is the first 4th of July since 1978 that the bald eagle is not on the endangered species list.
I did not take these bald eagle photos in the Habitat, even though twice in the last decade I have observed an eagle flying over suburban Virgina. Rather, I took these photos at the Pickering Creek Audubon Center.
While visiting the Pickering Creek Center in search of water fowl, my wife spotted this eagle flying about 100 feet above Pickering Creek. The eagle circled for about three minutes allowing plenty of photos - if only he had perched or come closer! He then flew of over the trees.
So for those of you that might be observing the 4th of July, please celebrate the Bald Eagle's flight back from the brink of extinction.

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