This bald eagle picture was taken by River Gorge Explorer naturalist John Dever this past winter. Apparently the harsh conditions farther north caused an abundance of eagles in our area. Dever reported seeing as many as eight individual bald eagles on one cruise last winter. Passengers often see eagles in the Gorge throughout the year. There are also a few eagle nests in the area, including one that's a short distance from Williams Island. It's a large nest that's perhaps five to six feet tall and nearly as big around.
A relative of one of the residents who lives next to the nest had this report today: "The eagles are back and once again, have "eaglets." It's sort of amazing that they continue to return and reproduce."
Unfortunately these baby eagles are too far from the river to be spotted from aboard the Explorer, but it's nice to know some of the birds seen overhead and in the trees within the Gorge are successfully raising their young nearby.