This picture was taken from the
KentuckyLake.com Sea Doo
in the back of Smith Bay in June, 2002.
At the bottom of this page is an unbelievable closeup of this same photo.
Native Bald Eagles had disappeared from the
region when TVA took over Land Between The Lakes in 1963; habitat loss and
pesticides such as DDT caused numbers to fall to just over 400 pairs
nationwide. Restoration efforts and pesticide bans have made the Bald
Eagle one of this country's environmental success stories, however. LBL
played a part in that success by participating in a raise-and-release
technique called "hacking." From 1980-1988, 44 eaglets were "hacked" into
LBL under the premise that eagles will return to nest where they learned
to fly. In 1983, the first active Bald Eagle nest was spotted in Land
Between The Lakes in more than 50 years -- the first sign of their return
to LBL. This year, 10 Bald Eagle nests were seen at LBL.
This is a zoom of the same picture above.
MORE BALD EAGLE PHOTOS
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