Monday, February 21, 2011

Bald Eagles along the Hudson River

Last Sunday, we enjoyed an amazing, long-awaited eagle-watching trip with 4 friends.  We followed an Audobon trail map and made 5 stops along the Hudson River, going as far north as Peekskill.

We counted as many as 30 bald eagles, some in flight and some resting in tree tops in the distance.  But the best moment was when a few of them flew directly overhead.  With a six-foot wingspan, these birds are absolutely magnificent!

The bald eagle's head and tail feathers turn white around 4 years of age.  They have enjoyed a great resurgence in the Northeast corridor after their population was decimated by the toxic effects of DDT.

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