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.
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.
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.
They will often perch on electric towers to get a better view of the river below…
There are actually two adult eagles in these shots – look closely on the left…
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.