A Nest with a Bird's-Eye View Historical

A Nest with a Bird's-Eye View Historical (HM1SSJ)

Location: Catawba, SC 29704 Chester County
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Country: United States of America
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N 34° 47.367', W 80° 52.733'

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When people look for a home, one consideration is convenience to a grocery store. The bald eagles that nest here had something similar in mind: access to their favorite food - fish - in the Catawba River. When keen eyes on a handy meal, they built their nest of sticks lined with moss and grass.

Eagles mate for life, and this pair are permanent residents, opting not to migrate as others do. Since the mid-1990s, this female has laid eggs every February and eaglets have "fledged" or learned to fly by late May.

Watch these magnificent symbols of America, but respect the nest - it is their home.

Left Eagles lay one to three eggs, which hatch in about five weeks. Cared for by both parents, eaglets are ready to leave the next when they are ten to twelve weeks old. Only about half will survive their first year. Still, eagles in the wild have a forty-year lifespan.

Center Able to fly at 30 mph and dive at speeds close to 100 mph, eagles are fearsome hunters. They grab prey - whether fish or fowl, reptile or mammal - with their talons, and can fly off carrying up to four pounds.

Right Bald Eagles are found in every U.S. state except Hawaii. Adults weight nine to twelve pounds, with females being larger than males. Their wingspan
of up to seven feet makes bald eagles one of the biggest North American birds.
Placed BySouth Carolina State Park Service
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Date Added Sunday, June 26th, 2016 at 9:03pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 511080 N 3849700
Decimal Degrees34.78945000, -80.87888333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 47.367', W 80° 52.733'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 47' 22.02" N, 80° 52' 43.98" W
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Area Code(s)803
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2051 Park Dr, Catawba SC 29704, US
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