Bald Eagle

Haliaeetus leucocephalus

Illustration by Mika C. & Vivian H.

Perhaps one of the most recognizable birds in the world with its white feathered head, dark body and white tail – the Bald Eagle! It is pretty common to see bald eagles soaring the skies above the North Shore and along the shoreline. They often build large stick nests high in the trees along the shore. Bald Eagles are carnivorous, and living on the coasts, also catch fish using their extremely strong talons. If you are lucky, you might even see a Bald Eagle flying to its nest with a fish in its claws. Bald Eagles are quite the conservation success story – after the pesticide DDT (dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane) was banned in 1972, Bald Eagle population numbers have increased steadily.

Information from E-Fauna BC: https://linnet.geog.ubc.ca/efauna/Atlas/Atlas.aspx?sciname=Haliaeetus%20leucocephalus & https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/birds/b/bald-eagle/