Seeing an eagle in the wild is pretty cool, but seeing an eagle in your own backyard is awesome!

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The Bald Eagle

Since the year 1782 Bald Eagles have been the national bird of the United States.  Even though these majestic raptors are native to our area, there's still always something so cool about catching a glimpse of one of these birds in the wild.

Photo by Toby Cheeseman/Cheeseman Photography
Photo by Toby Cheeseman/Cheeseman Photography
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What's really fascinating about the United States' history with bald eagles, is that at one point in time, bald eagles faced extinction due to habitat destruction and hunting.  History.com explains that in the 1940s the Eagle Protection Act was passed which made it illegal to kill eagles, but in 1978 the population had dwindled so much that the bald eagle was placed on the endangered species list, but there is good news!

Thanks to federal protections as well as regulations involving DDT, in 1995 the bald eagle population had recovered enough for the bird’s status to be changed from endangered to threatened, and in 2007 it was removed completely from the list. - History.com

It's clear that the bald eagle is not only a symbol of strength, but after this history lesson, I think we can all agree that they are a great example of resilience as well! History.com has the full history behind bald eagles becoming our nation's bird which you can read here. It's quite fascinating!

Photo by Toby Cheeseman/Cheeseman Photography
Photo by Toby Cheeseman/Cheeseman Photography
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Stunning Eagle Photography

Toby Cheeseman of Elletsville, Indiana has a passion for photography, especially nature photography.  Recently Toby has been capturing stunning images of bald eagles over his backyard.

Photo by Toby Cheeseman/Cheeseman Photography
Photo by Toby Cheeseman/Cheeseman Photography
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It seems like every day Toby is posting photos of eagles, I told Toby that it looks like the eagles know where to go to get their professional headshots taken!   Thank you Toby for allowing me to share your photos, once again you show that you are a natural talent at nature photography! You can see a few incredible photos Toby took of a coyote in his backyard, here.

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