Eyes on Eagles: Featuring Your Bald Eagle Photos

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Winter is a time for bald eagle watching. In the Skagit Valley during the peak viewing season — mid-December to late January — you might be able to see as many as 100 eagles just from Highway 20.

During this period, eagle counts are done by North Cascades National Park staff and Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest staff from Newhalem to Sedro-Woolley, and the findings are posted online

One of our followers, Henry Skorny, sent along photos from an eagle-counting trip he made from Newhalem to Marblemount on Jan. 21-22. Check them out!

Photo © Henry Skorny

Henry counted roughly 20 eagles on the river during his trip — eagle numbers begin to dwindle in January as they move on to new feeding areas. Henry said he also observed several juvenile eagles.

Photo © Henry Skorny

Photo © Henry Skorny

Photo © Henry Skorny

In 1976, The Nature Conservancy and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife created the Skagit River Bald Eagle Natural Area. In winter, bald eagles now gather in the area by the hundreds to feed on returning salmon, inspiring a popular annual festival in Arlington. Seattle City Light and Skagit Land Trust are also important partners in protecting this area.

This project includes another six landowning partners and has preserved more than 9,000 acres of eagle habitat, including more than 10 miles of river and thousands of acres of forests.

This year presented a special opportunity as part of the festival to go to Nature Conservancy property on Port Susan Bay on Feb. 4 to observe eagles and other birds, such as snow geese. The Skagit Audobon arranged for volunteers on a dike along the bay to help non-birders find birds.

Ian Terry of The Everett Herald was along on this trip and captured photos.

Photo © Ian Terry

Photo © Ian Terry

Photo © Ian Terry

Do you have any bald eagle photos of your own to share? They don't have to be from this year! Submit them in the form below and check back to see submissions we receive.

Happy birding!

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Taken along the Nooksack River in the Skagit Valley. Photo by Mark Padrnos

I photographed this juvenile last weekend at Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge in Southwest Washington. It landed so close to my truck that I had to back up to get far enough away to focus. It picked up a nutria carcass and flew off into a nearby tree. Photo by Paul Thomson.

Captured this eagle after he grabbed a duck, along the seaside at the Oregon coast. It proceeded to head back to the nest. Photo by Sue Larkin.

I photographed this bald from a boat on Lake Roosevelt in Washington state. This was many years back and the image was used by the New York State Zoo for an exhibit that showcased the relationship between eagles and ravens and how they rely on each other to find food in the winter. Photo by Paul Thomson.

This young eagle flew by as it spotted a starry flounder in the tidepools. Taken at Nisqually Wildlife Refuge Feb. 9. Photo courtesty of Daniel Hershman.

This winter eagle picture was taken near Terrace, B.C., along the Kalum River. This picture seems to be a mother eagle and her juvenile offspring. Photo by Rod McInnes. 

Eagles looking for scraps on the crab boats in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, around 2000. Photo courtesy Maxi Backhouse.

Eagles on a log on the Nooksack River with their catch. Photo by Phil Green (The Nature Conservancy's Yellow Island steward).

Taken in Sequim, Wash., looking up from the parking lot at a Nature Preserve! Photo courtesy of Kathy Calm

I took this picture along the Clark Fork River west of Missoula, Montana, last fall. Photo courtesy of David Brown.

In late January this year, my friend and I returned to the Nooksack River to see if the numbers of bald eagles were still up. We were incredibly happy to see at least 50 in the small area near the bridge. Also on the journey there and back to the Seattle area we saw many sightings and nests and photo opportunities. The Nooksack River was really full, so the beach areas were smaller but we still had the fortune to have several eagles land together and share a fish. I was so excited to be able to see them grouped together! Photo courtesy of Karen Crewe.

I was driving out in the flats around some farms in Skagit County and spotted this bald eagle at the top of the tree looking over the fields. I believe this photo was taken in the last week of January. Photo courtesy of David Brown

Took this up on the Nooksack River in December. No fancy equipment or giant lens was used. Just my Canon t3i with a 55-250mm kit lens. Such beautiful birds. Photo courtesy of Jamie Bartram

Seagull was on the menu along the dike near Samish Island. Photo courtesy of Cherie Dean.

Waiting for the fishing boats to come in in Kodiak, Alaska. Photo by Robert Levine. 

Taken at CDA Lake, Idaho. Courtesy of Tina Penny.

My 3-year old daughter, partner and I watched in amazement as several bald eagles picked off many birds one afternoon. They would glide just overhead with their catch. The prey nestled perfectly in the talons and just slightly smaller than the tail feathers of the eagle. (Dungeness Spit, July 2016). Photo courtesy of Lori Veres.