bald eagle over lake monona
Today's image is titled bald eagle, the national symbol of the United States, flying over the wind and snow-swept surface of Lake Monona. McConnell describes the scene, as viewed from the lakeshore on the near east side: "A pack of thuggish crows must've been on the outs with the eagle; they swooped and dove and harassed until in a big swwwwwwoop the eagle launched into the air, flew back and forth along the shoreline near B.B. Clarke park, then settled further along the shoreline in the Monona Drive direction (as the crow flies. ha!)."
Bald eagles are an increasingly common site throughout the region, and farther afield, and the bird was officially removed from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service list of endangered and threatened species last summer. "I'm old enough to remember the fevered conservation efforts to prevent bald eagles from extinction," notes McConnell. "I'm so please that whatever was done actually worked because wowza wow, what a (huge!) magnificent bird!"
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