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Thread: Feeding the Eagles

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    these pictures were sent to me by email, not sure about adding them in here as I've never tried to do from an email file before. The pictures were taken in Alton, IL. just a few miles from where I grew up. They are absolutely fascinating! They were taken by a retired teacher, and the close-up shots were not taken with a telescopic lens, they were actually that close. The email said the Eagles were unable to feed from the MIssissippi River because the fish had gone too deep because of the cold.

    Locals took it among themselves to provide fish
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    the Eagles seemed to lose their of the men after they started providing food
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    along the river bank
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    can you imagine being this close?
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    Amazing!! Awesome sight, thanks for sharing!

    Jan in VA

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    Wow! They were really close!!!

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    Incredible and wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

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    Awesome!! I would love to be there!! Thanks for sharing!

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    I want to correct a misunderstanding...the photos were taken in Homer, AK, not Alton, IL (see the mountains in the background of a couple of photos?). Until last year, Homer had a woman who for years had lived on the beach and fed the eagles in winter...she has passed on now and law prohibits anyone from carrying on her work. I've been to the site myself in winter and eagles are there by the hundreds for handouts. It is an amazing site...in Homer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ktbb
    I want to correct a misunderstanding...the photos were taken in Homer, AK, not Alton, IL (see the mountains in the background of a couple of photos?). Until last year, Homer had a woman who for years had lived on the beach and fed the eagles in winter...she has passed on now and law prohibits anyone from carrying on her work. I've been to the site myself in winter and eagles are there by the hundreds for handouts. It is an amazing site...in Homer.
    That's what I thought. I remember seeing these pictures a couple of years ago. I didn't know she had passed away! That's too bad. She'll be missed.

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    I'm afraid of birds, but this is an amazing sight. I suppose they will not be this fearless in the summer when food is plentiful again.

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    What a beautiful site that must have been! Thanks for sending the pictures and they came out perfect.

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    Darn, I'm not that far from Alton and was already planning a weekend get a way

    Some day we hope to see it in Alaska to, but it will be awhile I'm afraid.

    Thanks for sharing

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    We have ONE nest about a half hour away can see in spring and fall before all leaves come out only occasionally actually glimpse the eagles!!- How privileged to be a part of this.

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    These are spectacular pictures, thank you so much for sharing!

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    Gosh, sorry if I stated wrong info! Since I am from that area, and have seen the eagles myself many times during the summer, and received the pictures from a local, I didn"t think about it not being Alton. Never even questioned the background because of the river bluffs . Anyway, they were great to see, but I just hate giving wrong information. BTW, my BIL does live there, and he showed us still shots and a video he took of an eagle nest with babies in it. And it was in Godfrey,IL !!

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    oh how wonderful

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    no matter where the photo was taken, it's still an amazing site. thanks.

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    You can go eagle watching on the Great River Road near Alton. People stop all along there to take pictures of the eagles. It's a popular pasttime in the area.

    Here is a link to the visitor's site.

    http://www.greatriverroad.com/eagles/eagleTips.htm

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    that would be so cool to do something like that

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    Amazing! Can't imagine being that close - what a God given opportunity!

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    Awesome pictures. How wonderful of those men to feed the eagles. Can anyone tell me why the law prohibits anyone taking over that women's good work? Doesn't make sense to me, but what do I know?

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    I lived in Alaska we had a nest outside our home it was just amazing. Eagles are so beautiful i just love them!

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    How amazing!

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    Wow what beautiful pictures, My husband and I both enjoy eagles and admire their beauty.

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    Awesome pictures thanks for sharing. Funny thing is I lived in Alton Illinois for about a year when I was a child.

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    Wonderful job and love the pics.

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    Wonderful Pics. What is the law that keeps them from being fed?

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