British Columbia Wildlife
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
Graceful and looking confident the Bald Eagle dominates the skies around British Columbia, and is more abundant in the Pacific West Coast regions of BC.
Usually within the vicinity of trees the eagle is a master at building nests. The Bald Eagle builds huge nesting areas on the top of trees usually within a short distance of its main food source.
It mates for life and returns to the same nest every year building onto the nest therefore increasing its size. The Bald Eagles are habit forming creatures and often make their nests near lakes and oceans within eyesight of their hunting grounds.
The Bald Eagle is mostly a scavenger. The birds razor like talons and beaks, keen eyesight and hearing does make this eagle a great hunter. The Bald Eagle is a bit lazy though, as it enjoys eating dead fish washed up on the shore or left behind. They are not into working for a meal if they do not have too.
Not much for manners, the Bald Eagle will rob an osprey of its catch, without even giving it a second thought. It will catch its own fish if it must and will resort to hunting squirrels, rabbits, and smaller birds on occasion if the food supply is getting scarce.