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This distinctive large bird is often seen soaring or perched on trees and casts a substantial shadow if it flies above you. It is the largest predatory bird seen on the Fraser River delta, with a wingspan of two meters (6’8”).
Juveniles are dark with white mottling, and adults have dark bodies, a white head and tail, and bright yellow beak and legs. They are uncommon in summer, fairly common in winter, and breed on Fraser River delta.
In a 2000-2001 study of raptor abundance on agricultural land during the winter months, Bald Eagles were the most commonly sighted raptor in Delta. They are opportunistic feeders, using multiple methods including hunting, stealing, and coming across already dead animals; in Delta they eat fish and waterfowl. When waterfowl are feeding on Winter Cover Crops, they may become a meal for a hunting Bald Eagle.
Eagles also feed on garbage at the Delta Municipal Landfill, and use the landfill site as a warm, disturbance-free resting place.
Bald Eagles build the largest nest of any bird in North America. They reuse the same nest year after year, and for multiple generations, and adding to it each nesting season until it reaches huge dimensions- up to three by six meters (10' by 20').
Photo by David Shackleton
News & Events
DAY AT THE FARM 2017!
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DF&WT Intern Featured in HCTF Video!Read More..
What are the benefits of Cover Cropping?
NEW! DF&WT-UBC Soil Productivity ProjectRead More..
MSc. Student Dru Yates competes in UBC 3 Minute Thesis CompetitionRead More..
- Get To Know SOME OF OUR WILDLIFE:
- Northern Shrike Known as the "Butcher Bird," the Shrike impales prey on thorns to attract mates and mark its territory.
- Lesser Snow Goose Snow Geese congregate on farm fields by the tens of thousands searching for potatoes, grain, and grass.
- Bumblebee These insects benefit farmers by pollinating crops. They find refuges in Grassland Set-asides and Hedgerows.