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SNAPSHOT - Bald Eagle in Stoney Point
SNAPSHOT - Bald Eagle in Stoney Point
By Chris Savard

Stoney Point - Dec. 18, 2012 - On October 20, 2012, Cynthia, Tristan and I were heading north on Comber Road into Stoney Point. As we approached the train tracks, I noticed a large bird flying towards us from the east. I pointed it out to Cyn and as he approached the road we were in awe with the size of the bird that was about to cross our path.

Cyn said, “He has a white head and white tail, it’s a bald eagle!” What a sight! I fumbled to find my camera and by the time I had it in hand, the eagle was on top of the tree line to the west of us. We snagged the above photo of him.

Wikipedia states that the Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus Greek hali = salt, aeetus = eagle, leuco = white, cephalis = head) is a bird of prey found in North America. A sea eagle, it has two known sub-species and forms a species pair with the White-tailed Eagle. Its range includes most of Canada and Alaska, all of the contiguous United States, and northern Mexico. It is found near large bodies of open water with an abundant food supply and old-growth trees for nesting.

The Bald Eagle is an opportunistic feeder which subsists mainly on fish, which it swoops down and snatches from the water with its talons. It builds the largest nest of any North American bird, up to 4 meters (13 ft) deep, 2.5 meters (8.2 ft) wide, and one metric ton (1.1 tons) in weight,[2] and reaches sexual maturity at four years or five years of age.

We are hopeful that someday soon we will see this guy again, so that we can capture a better photo!

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