|Rideau Bald Eagle
photo by: Ken W. Watson, 2014
|A Bald Eagle is a rare sight on the Rideau, a nesting one (see next photo), is incredibly rare. This particular eagle is one of a mated pair (likely the male) with a nest nearby. The nest is on a lake in the southern part of the Rideau Canal.
Bald Eagles are an extirpated species in southern Ontario. Originally quite common, they were driven to local extinction by loss of habitat, hunting, and later, the use of DDT which softened the shells of their eggs. They are now making a very slow comeback.
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