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Bald Eagle Nest near Tellico Dam

Please enjoy these beautiful photographs of a bald eagle nest near Tellico Dam taken in February 2015 by Bill Barthel.

Winter is the optimum season for viewing bald eagles because that’s when the birds migrate from Canada and the Great Lakes in search of their favorite food, fish. Tennessee’s overwintering bald eagle population peaks from January to mid-February, and the colder the weather, the more eagles are likely to be seen.

Bald eagles like to build their nests high in trees within sight of water. The birds have more potential habitat today than they did a hundred years ago thanks to widespread dam construction that created 530,000 acres of reservoirs across Tennessee.

Bald eagles were among the first species to be listed under the Endangered Species Act in 1973. In 2007 our national symbol was removed from the federal list of threatened and endangered species, but the eagles still are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act as well as the Bald Eagle and Golden Eagle Protection Act.

Bald Eagle nest - Tellico Village realty - Lakeside Real Estate Group

Photo courtesy of Bill Barthel

Photo courtesy of Bill Barthel

Photo courtesy of Bill Barthel

 

Photo courtesy of Bill Barthel

Photo courtesy of Bill Barthel

 

Tagged With: , | Posted: March 21, 2015