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"Bald Eagle"
Bald Eagle:    On June 20, 1782, the Bald Eagle was accepted as the Great Seal of the United States, but it was not officially adopted until 1887.

Benjamin Franklin wrote to his daughter Sally:

"For my own part I wish the Bald Eagle had not been chosen the Representative of our Country. He is a Bird of bad moral Character. He does not get his Living honestly. You may have seen him perched on some dead Tree near the River, where, too lazy to fish for himself, he watches the Labour of the Fishing Hawk; and when that diligent Bird has at length taken a Fish, and is bearing it to his Nest for the Support of his Mate and young Ones, the Bald Eagle pursues him and takes it from him.

With all this Injustice, he is never in good Case but like those among Men who live by Sharping & Robbing he is generally poor and often very lousy. Besides he is a rank Coward: The little King Bird not bigger than a Sparrow attacks him boldly and drives him out of the District. He is therefore by no means a proper Emblem for the brave and honest Cincinnati of America who have driven all the King birds from our Country ...

I am on this account not displeased that the Figure is not known as a Bald Eagle, but looks more like a Turkey. For the Truth the Turkey is in Comparison a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America ... He is besides, though a little vain & silly, a Bird of Courage, and would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his Farm Yard with a red Coat on."

[Benjamin Franklin, January 26, 1784]


 
Bybee Lake, Portland, Oregon ...

Image, 2011, Broughton Beach, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Bald Eagle, Bybee Lake, Portland, Oregon. Image taken November 30, 2011. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.
Image, 2011, Broughton Beach, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Bald Eagles, Bybee Lake, Portland, Oregon. Image taken November 30, 2011. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


Columbia River at Hayden Island, Oregon ...

Image, 2010, Columbia River upstream I-5 Bridge, click to enlarge
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Bald Eagle, Columbia River upstream I-5 Bridge, Oregon side. Cold overcast afternoon with occasional sunbreaks. Image taken November 20, 2010. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.
Image, 2010, Columbia River upstream I-5 Bridge, click to enlarge
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CROPPED IMAGE FROM ABOVE: Bald Eagle, Columbia River upstream I-5 Bridge, Oregon side. Cold overcast afternoon with occasional sunbreaks. Image taken November 20, 2010. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.
Image, 2010, Columbia River upstream I-5 Bridge, click to enlarge
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Bald Eagle, Columbia River upstream I-5 Bridge, Oregon side. Cold overcast afternoon with occasional sunbreaks. Image taken November 20, 2010. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.
Image, 2010, Columbia River upstream I-5 Bridge, click to enlarge
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CROPPED IMAGE FROM ABOVE: Bald Eagle, Columbia River upstream I-5 Bridge, Oregon side. Cold overcast afternoon with occasional sunbreaks. Image taken November 20, 2010. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


Nisqually NWR, Washington ...

Image, 2012, Nisqually NWR, Washington, click to enlarge Image, 2012, Nisqually NWR, Washington, click to enlarge
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Bald Eagle and Bullock's Oriole, Nisqually NWR, Washington. From near Visitor Center. Image taken June 27, 2012. Canon Rebel, 300mm w/1.4.


Puget Island, Washington ... youngster ...

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Bald Eagle, youngster, Puget Island, Washington. Image taken May 8, 2009. Canon EOS 40d, 400mm.
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Bald Eagle, youngster, Puget Island, Washington. Image taken May 8, 2009. Canon EOS 40d, 400mm.
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Bald Eagle, youngster, Puget Island, Washington. Image taken May 8, 2009. Canon EOS 40d, 400mm.
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Bald Eagle, youngster, Puget Island, Washington. Image taken May 8, 2009. Canon EOS 40d, 400mm.


Ridgefield NWR ...

Image, 2008, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, click to enlarge
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Bald Eagle, adult. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken April 3, 2008.

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Bald Eagles. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken January 23, 2009.


Sauvie Island, Oregon ...

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Bald Eagle, Sauvie Island, Oregon. View from Reeder Road. Image taken February 23, 2008. Sony A100, 500mm.
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Bald Eagle, adult and youngster, Sauvie Island, Oregon. View from Reeder Road. Image taken February 23, 2008. Sony A100, 500mm.
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Bald Eagles with nest, Sauvie Island, Oregon. View from Reeder Road. Image taken February 23, 2008. Sony A100, 500mm.


South Jetty, Clatsop Spit, Oregon ... eyeing Red Phalaropes ...

Image, 2009, South Jetty, Clatsop Spit, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Bald Eagle, South Jetty, Clatsop Spit, Oregon. Image taken November 11, 2009. Canon Rebel, 200z w/1.4.
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Bald Eagle eyeing Red Phalaropes, South Jetty, Clatsop Spit, Oregon. Image taken November 11, 2009. Canon Rebel, 200z w/1.4.


Tualatin River NWR, Oregon ...

Image, 2013, Tualatin River NWR, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Bald Eagle, Tualatin River NWR, Oregon. Overcast, gray, and foggy. Image taken December 16, 2013. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.
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Bald Eagle and "eaglet", Tualatin River NWR, Oregon. Overcast and gray, with a few sun breaks. Image taken May 5, 2014. Canon SX50.


Vancouver Lake, Washington ...

Image, 2009, Vancouver Lake, Washington, click to enlarge
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Bald Eagle, Vancouver Lake, Washington. Image taken February 4, 2009. Canon Rebel, 200mm.


... pair screeching ...

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Bald Eagle pair, screeching at each other, Vancouver Lake, Washington. Image taken December 28, 2008.



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