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Bald Eagle

Photo of the Week (March 24th, 2019)

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A very appropriate photo of the week, given the current conditions. The flooding from recent rains and snow melt is peaking right now, and thankfully it's a little less than the catastrophic levels they were initially predicting. There's still a LOT of water around though, including the little Splitrock Creek that runs through our hometown of Brandon. It's not so little right now, and as the water rose and then started to retreat, it left massive, 2-3 foot thick ice chunks scattered all over local roads and riversides. What it also left...hoards of dead fish.  Practically overnight the Bald Eagles showed up in numbers I have NEVER seen here before, or elsewhere in one place in South Dakota. Just Splitrock Creek, where the fish kill happened. Going out Saturday, I counted over ONE HUNDRED Bald Eagles on a 6-mile stretch of the creek, including 44 that were visible from standing still on one bridge.  Here's one of them, standing on a South Dakota iceberg.

Bald Eagle - Haliaeetus leucocephalus

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