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Bald Eagles fishing in Providence RI

Bald Eagles have been spotted in greater numbers across Rhode Island this year, especially in Autumn during migration season. Eagles eat fish, so they patrol rivers and lakes, not woodlands. I’ve photographed eagles in Providence for a few years along the Seekonk/Blackstone River and here are my best recent shots.

It’s always a thrill the see a wild bald eagle thriving – our symbol of freedom – and an amazing comeback story since they were unbelievably almost driven to extinction by the DDT pesticide which made their eggs fragile and unviable. Since DDT has been banned, Bald Eagle populations continue to increase.

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Juveniles do not have the signature “bald” head – they earn the white feathered head and tail by surviving to 4 or 5 years of age.

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This juvenile carrying a fish has a blue band on its ankle which, according to The Center for Conservation Biology website, indicates it was banded in New York or Florida. I could not read the digits for more information.

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They will often perch on electric towers to get a better view of the river below…

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There are actually two adult eagles in these shots – look closely on the left…

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Most of the Bald Eagles sighted recently are migrating, but hopefully some will stay for the winter. I’ve seen them on the frozen river in past years.

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7 Comments

  1. Stella
    Posted 12.03.14 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    Absolutely incredible shots!!!! Kudos…

  2. Leslie
    Posted 12.03.14 at 8:13 pm | Permalink

    Fantastic pics!

  3. Posted 12.03.14 at 11:49 pm | Permalink

    Sue Stevenson recommended I check out your Bald Eagle images …… they are GREAT !
    Thanks for sharing them with us !! You have some real nice catches in the air !

    John Adamski

    • Peter Green
      Posted 12.04.14 at 10:24 am | Permalink

      You have outstanding wildlife photos on your site too, John, thanks for sharing as well.

  4. Peter Green
    Posted 12.04.14 at 9:43 am | Permalink

    Thank you for the comments, I appreciate it :)

  5. Jeff
    Posted 12.08.14 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

    Wow! Great shots. Especially the one carrying the fish….

  6. Kathie
    Posted 12.19.14 at 7:00 am | Permalink

    Thank you so much for sharing these great photos!

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