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Author:  Dave Harman [ January 26th, 2006, 5:27 pm ]
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Nice to see they are making a come back to southern Ontario!
I saw 5 bald eagles(confirmed) and possibly four more in flight!
Never seem to have the binoculars when you need them!
Anyway I thought it was pretty cool to see them!

Author:  Rolf Kraiker [ January 26th, 2006, 6:38 pm ]
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Hi Dave

While we were driving down to do that presentation at NovaCraft, we saw an eagle flying near Kitchener. Couldn't tell for sure if it was a Bald or Golden at 100 Kms out the window, but it was a treat to see them in the south. There were a few times while we were camped on that lake at the end of the Athabasca Sand dunes trip where there were more than a dozen eagles circling around us scavenging on the fish washed up along the shore. Got to see some pretty amazing aerobatic displays.

Author:  SGrant [ January 27th, 2006, 1:12 am ]
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Of course there are a bazillion of them out here. Apparently more are building nests in Vancouver itself, and it's common to see them flying high over the city. It's thought their increase is due to the growing population of rats in the city. Nice.

Pretty well every canoe trip we go on, we round a point to surprise one at close range. Never have the camera ready, unfortunately. Fun watching the crows bugging them.

Good to hear they're on the increase back east. Too bad so many other species are still headed downhill.

Author:  flyrod [ January 27th, 2006, 8:10 am ]
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After having never seen them for 30 years I've seen 3 in the past three years. One in Algonquin and two near the Poker Lakes route. :clap:

Author:  alscool [ January 27th, 2006, 8:19 am ]
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There are Bald Eagles here in Lanark Highlands. I have had at least a half dozen sightings over the last few years, usually during the winter.

Author:  pknoerr [ January 27th, 2006, 11:20 am ]
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Funny, we have oodles of them here in highly industrial Michigan. Pretty much if the river has salmon, steelhead, or trout we have eagles.

I live on the Grand River, which is the longest and largest river in the state of Michigan. It flows from over near the SE corner of the state west through the industrial cities of Jackson, Lansing, and Grand Rapids. Here in Grand Haven last winter the river froze, and all the eagles were concentrated at the mouth of the river with Lake Michigan. A photographer counted over 30 seperate eagles. A winter or early spring canoe trip (with the trees lacking foliage) is a major disappointment if you don't see an eagle.


Author:  Melissa [ January 27th, 2006, 1:50 pm ]
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I had the best sighting 2 years ago.
We had been paddling the Salte Islands for 4 days and were departing for the 14km crossing back to the mainland, through the small islands in the east end. I came around a point and startled a bald eagle that was on a branch, only about 10 feet off of the water... or should I say IT freaked me out. It literally swooped down so close that I could feel the wind from it's wings and had to move my sea kayak paddle out of the way fast to avoid hitting it.

Author:  Dan. [ January 27th, 2006, 3:19 pm ]
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This summer we had a bald eagle escort us for 10 days down the missinabi.

He would fly over-head, and land on a tree at the next bend in the river. When we reached that bend he would take off and land at the next. We beleive it was the same eagle for about 10 days, although it could have been a different one.

It was quite a spiritual experiance, even for a die-hard cynic like me :lol:

Author:  dboles [ January 27th, 2006, 3:53 pm ]
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One time last winter spent some time watching Bald Eagles stealing fish from a pair of otters.The otters where working over a frozen pond.This pond had around 6-7 holes that the otters where using to fish from.The ice was around 8 inches thick and nothing but dirty ice ,white and thick The otters would dive down and come up at a different place each time quite random where and when they would exit.The eagles would guess the right hole each time,If an otter had a fish an eagle would try to get it from the otter.The eagles would fly up maybe 10 feet then head down to meet the otter as it came out of the water.An otter with a fish has to exit the ice fish first as it is in its mouth.Not big fish only six inches or so.Amazing to watch the eagles take them away,not every fish mind you but enough to keep the otters hunting.Once an eagle got a fish that wasnt the end of it either.Next the eagle had to fliy the gaunlet of fellow eagles all wanting that fish.If an eagle ,hunger compels you to do some amazing flying stunts to hold onto your hard earned meal.Must be tough to be a hungry otter sometimes too.The thing that keeps me wondering over the whole episode is how did those eagle know which hole the otter was to emerge from

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