Eagles from the Florida Gulf Coast

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Eagles from the Florida Gulf Coast

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A couple of weeks ago, I saw a bald eagle hanging out in a dead tree on Sanibel Island. I was only able to get a few shots, most of them no good, before it took off. I was told that the eagle had been collecting sticks out of the tree to make a nest.

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This got me thinking about some other photos of eagles that I’ve got in my archives. Here’s the big Anheuser-Busch topiary eagle. It can be found in Busch Gardens “Africa” up in Tampa.

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The other eagle I found on my hard drive is made of sand. I photographed this particular eagle at The 2008 American Sand Sculpting Championship Festival. The detail is amazing, and I find it a real treat to watch people create beautiful tableaux from a pile of ordinary sand.

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Bald eagles have spent some time on the endangered species list. Use of the pesticide known as DDT had a huge negative impact on bird eggs until it was banned in the early 1970s. The second largest population of bald eagles in the United States is now in Florida (first: Alaska).

I’ve written about the effects of DDT poisoning before, when I cruised Rookery Bay with Dr. Jerry Jackson last spring. Dr. Jackson is a wildlife biologist at Florida Gulf Coast University, and has a radio spot on the local NPR station, WGCU 90.1 Fort Myers. The eagles have made a significant comeback since the banning of DDT, but encroaching civilization represents a new threat. Deforestation in Florida has resulted in a loss of habitat. Very often, people will point to eagle nests coexisting with human neighborhoods, such as the one by the Dairy Queen on Sanibel, as evidence that the eagles will be fine, and that they have adapted. Dr. Jerry Jackson says that situations such as the Dairy Queen nest have not existed long enough to know whether or not coexistence is really a success.

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16 comments for “Eagles from the Florida Gulf Coast

  1. January 31, 2009 at 11:35 am

    Man certainly has messed up so much of the environment..I hope it’s not too late to take steps to help….I would love to see eagles in person…

  2. January 31, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    All gorgeous pictures Tink!

  3. January 31, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    I love the close up you caught and the other photos were great too.
    Have a great week
    Grammy
    Missouri, Usa

  4. January 31, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    The actual bird is gorgeous of course, but the sand sculpture…wow!

  5. January 31, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    Huge birds can be kind of scary, but theya re beautiful

    My CC is up at http://yummydown.com/rattitude/?p=167

  6. Flo
    January 31, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    Wow!!! These are all great pictures!!! That sand sculpture is amazing.

  7. January 31, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    Beautiful eagles!

  8. January 31, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    I love all of your eagle pictures. I saw a pair and their nest the other day in a big tree on Casa Ybel. They are such magnificent birds.

  9. January 31, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    I’m going to Ding Darling with a photo group in a week or so…hope I get to see one!

  10. January 31, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    I love Bald Eagles. The sand sculpture is fabulous.
    there is an eagle nest about 1/2 hour from my house. I know there are more in the area, but people really don’t say where because they don’t want people to distrub them.
    This post was wonderful. Thank you for sharing.

  11. January 31, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    Stunning pictures! The sand sculpture is spectacular.

  12. January 31, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    I can say I’ve seen plenty of eagles, but never tire of their beauty.

  13. January 31, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    that sand sculpture was amazing! thanks for visiting us!

  14. February 1, 2009 at 12:34 am

    he is so magnificent!

  15. February 1, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    The sculpture was amazing, I bet it took forever to make it.

  16. February 2, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    simply majestic! they are wonderful birds!

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