Florida graced me with a magical wildlife moment today. This Red-shouldered Hawk landed just in front of us and allowed me to walk up to him! He stared me down, then relaxed and shook his little tail feathers. What a handsome fella.
When I look at this beautiful bald eagle, I see so much character and pride. No wonder it was made the national bird of the United States all the way back in 1782. It just has such an majestic look. I photographed this eagle in Alaska, where you find some of the largest eagles and the greatest abundance in the US. For a while bald eagles were not doing so well and were on the brink of extinction.At the end of the 20th century
there were only 400 breeding pairs left in the lower 48. The widely used pesticide DDT accumulated in eagles and caused them to lay eggs with
thinner shells that often broke, decimating the eagle population. Bald eagles received protection under the early version of the Endangered Species Act. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ordered a ban of the general use of DDT in 1972 and with several conservation efforts in parallel, bald eagles recovered until they were delisted in 2007 with around 10 000 breeding pairs. It is so important
that federal agencies like the EPA take environmental threats seriously and have the tools to protect wildlife and our environment. It is wonderful to see stories where we can turn things around! @[email protected]@florianschulzproductions #conservation#EPA#EndangeredSpeciesAct#wild#birdphotography#wildlifeplanet#wildlifephotography#eagle#baldeagle#nikon#USA#birdofprey#alaska