American Eagles Locate Near Water with Fish, in Abundance Near Starved Rock

Video shows two bald eagles first thought to be in distress, were actually fighting over territory.

Bald Eagles feed mainly on fish by swooping down talons extended and snatching a fish near the water surface. Bald Eagles build the largest nest of any North American bird and may build the largest tree nests ever recorded for any animal species.

American Eagles locate near wetland habitats such as seacoasts, rivers, large lakes or marshes where many fish are located. American Eagles also feed on mammal, reptiles, amphibians, crustaceans, and other birds. American Eagles have been known to attack Canadian Geese in flight.

The Bald Eagle was declared an endangered species in the U.S. in 1967, but populations have rebounded. There have been many sightings in the Uttica and Starved Rock area this Winter.

In their quest for food, authorities say an increased number of bald eagles have been flying to Illinois this year, to places like Starved Rock Lock and Dam.

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