The Bald Eagle

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Ever seen a wild one?

there was a cool thing in the paper today, I guess one has showed up at our zoo


A wild bald eagle is whiling away its mornings and evenings at the Orange County Zoo, appearing every day since Sunday and sometimes trading squawks with the zoo’s captive bald eagle.
It could be the captive eagle that is drawing the wild bird, or perhaps the abundant fish in rain-fed Santiago Creek nearby, said zoo manager Donald Zeigler.
Whatever the attraction, the bird is drawing plenty of attention at the zoo, in Irvine Regional Park.
The captive bald eagle is a female, Zeigler said, although the sex of the wild visitor is unknown.
The two stepped up their acquaintance Monday.
“They were vocalizing back and forth in the morning,†Zeigler said.
Bald eagles have turned up on occasion in Irvine Park, he said.
“This is the first time we’ve seen them land this close to the eagle exhibit,†Zeigler said.
The higher water levels in the creek are also drawing other predatory birds.
“We’re starting to see more ospreys and eagles flying around this area,†he said. “I think the eagle has come for, maybe, the fish in the stream.â€
Although eagles with shoulder tags sometimes fly over from Catalina, where a bald eagle breeding program is underway, this eagle appears to have no tags, Zeigler said.
While it is possible that one of at least seven breeding pairs of bald eagles on Catalina Island produced a chick that was never tagged, and that later flew to the mainland, it’s unlikely, said Steffani Jijon, a biologist with the island’s Eagle Restoration Project.
“The terrain is really rugged out here,†she said. “We monitor the island very closely, but there are parts of the island you cannot see from land.â€
Those areas are checked by helicopter, she said.
“It could have come from here, but I don’t think so,†she said.
Scientists say bald eagle populations on the Southern California coast were shattered by the dumping of DDT off the Palos Verdes Peninsula from the 1940s to the 1970s.
The eagles ate DDT-tainted fish, concentrating the pesticide in their bodies, and the shells of the eggs they laid became too thin to allow embryos to survive and hatch on their own.
Biologists collected and incubated the eggs from 1989 to 2008, returning hatchlings to their nests.
In recent years, however, the eggs of eagles on the Channel Islands have begun hatching on their own again.
Fifteen chicks hatched on the islands last year, nine of them on Catalina.
The eagle visiting the zoo might have flown into the area from the northern United States, where the birds are more common, Jijon said.
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I say open the cage.
 

SlimSkeeter

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There are about a dozen of them around here. Which, I suppose, is remarkable. On my trip to Alaska, I took a train ride. Someone saw a bald eagle on one side of the train...the entire compartment (save for me) rushed to that side to get a glimpse, and I didn't even flinch.
 

SittinGrumpy

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I think I have seen then more then most people, but I live in an area they are known in.
 

Klautermauffen

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Yep. They're pretty cool. I've seen quite a few of them. Up in the sky, up close (couple feet away), in the news.
 

SlimSkeeter

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How did I know ^^^ he was gonna say that? I nearly said something similar, too, but thought "Nah, I'll leave that for Kommie. Almost a guarantee he will say it, and I don't wanna ruin his fun."
 

Toao

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The only one I think I've ever seen is the one at that crappy zoo, that has an injured wing and can't fly.
That zoo is pathetic, the only other cool thing there was Sampson the bear. He was a old bear that was using people's hot tubs, so when they caught him, there was a huge public outcry about putting him down, so people donated for a cutsom enclosure with a hot tub.
 

SittinGrumpy

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http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/jord/activities.php

Bald Eagle Watching: On your next visit to Jordan Lake State Recreation Area, see if you can spot our national symbol, the bald eagle, soaring over the waters of Jordan Lake. As Jordan Lake supports the largest concentration of bald eagles in the eastern United States, these majestic birds can often be spotted soaring over the lake in search of fish and other prey.