The Bald Eagles have landed – in my front garden

The attached images were all taken in a private front garden in the winter of 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri and Alton, Illinois. They show a unique spectacle when food is short and the rivers and lakes are completely frozen over. The images also show  what can be achieved when birds of prey are respected and enjoyed instead of being slaughtered

The gathering of bald eagles were observed flying over local houses in hopes of a quick meal. Local inhabitants decided to feed the eagles with fish they had purchased from the local fish supplier so they would survive the cold spell. The fist image shows a huge gathering of eagles before they were served with their meal on the shore of a local lake. As the eagles became more daring, realising they would not be shot or harmed in any way, they began to move closer moving in to the gardens only a few feet away from the home owners. Incredible!
Feeding the Eagles! 

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 A beautiful but very cold morning feeding the eagles on the shore.

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Once the fish were thrown on the ice, the eagles did not seem to fear the good Samaritans and word began to spread fast! 

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Eagles queuing up for a free meal, moving closer.

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No zoom lens used here!  The photographer was this close! 

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One shrewd eagle inspects the dinning table before eating and passing the message to join him inside our garden – its OK guys these are cilivised people no poison here they only want to feed us. 

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Final image –  Here we show the kind men who were feeding the eagles. So close!! 
As you know, here in the United States it was not too long ago that the American Bald Eagle was an endangered species. Thankfully due to our enlightened society today and powerful wildlife legislation raptors in the twenty-first century are now highly respected and protected.

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