Thursday, February 18, 2010

Spectacular Bald Eagle Sightings

A few weeks ago I was excited to see four bald eagles aboard the River Gorge Explorer. One good sighting is often enough to be inspirational. Imagine being in the Tennessee River Gorge and seeing eight bald eagles in one trip!
Tennessee Aquarium naturalist John Dever sent these shots to share with everyone. During Saturday's Valentine Cruise, John noted more bald eagles than usual. So he made sure he had his camera with him on Sunday's cruise. We're delighted he did. Here's his trip report from Sunday: "Over the weekend I saw at least 8 different individual eagles along the river route. There were five mature and three immature bald eagles spotted. We watched some aerial acrobatics and up close fish feeding as well. We also spotted a Great Egret on Williams Island close to the Heron rookery. That was a fun surprise."

We probably can thank the unusually cold weather for the additional bald eagle sightings in the Gorge. When the winter season is more harsh to our north, these majestic birds head farther south. While our temperatures are expected to recover briefly, we may have more cold weather into early March. So the eagle viewing may be pretty nice for a few more weeks aboard the Explorer.

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