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Bald eagle photos … would you believe … from Danville!

By Gary Bogue
Wednesday, March 18th, 2009 at 7:04 am in Bald Eagles, Birds, Raptors.

Bald eagle over Danville, Calif. Photo by Henry Houghton, Danville

Today I saw a pair of bald eagles and managed to snap some photographs of them with a 300 mm lens. I have lived in the Bay Area for 24 years and have never seen one and all of my friends were quite surprised to find out our national bird can be seen in California.

I thought the experience was incredible and would like to share it with other people.

Bald eagles over Danville, Calif. Photo by Henry Houghton, Danville

I have attached the best two photographs, although the birds are admittedly quite far away by the time I could get my camera on them. I hope this is as interesting to you or your readers as it has been to myself and my peers.

I was located in Danville when I saw the eagles.
Henry Houghton, Danville

Great photos! It’s always a surprise when you find a new local animal, isn’t it? Bald eagles are nesting down at Del Valle Reservoir in Pleasanton, and at Briones Reservoir in Lafayette. Seems like every year more and more people are seeing them at other spots around the Bay Area.

And to think, just back in 1970, there were about 16 known active bald eagle nests in the entire state. They’ve come a long way since then.

Thanks for sharing your photos with us all. /Gary

To see a live bald eagle nest:


Cal Trans Bald Eagle Cam at Turtle Bay in Redding, California:

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2 Responses to “Bald eagle photos … would you believe … from Danville!”

  1. Clint Logan Says:

    We’ve seen one eagle soaring high above Pleasanton on two occasions. Also, we’ve gotten a glimpse up close- soaring through between houses. We have recovered two squirrel carcasses stripped of meat from our yard.

  2. Gary Bogue Says:

    Clint: The stripped squirrels were not from the eagles. Probably a Cooper’s hawk. /Gary

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