SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO) – The bald eagle was taken off the U.S. government’s endangered species list in 1995 as their numbers soared.
“I could sit here all day and watch,” Pam Erickson said.
Erickson and her husband Paul of Irene travel to Lincoln, Nebraska, but they are in no rush.
“We just decided at the last minute to stop here and if there were any eagles here and the view is great,” Pam said.
This is the point of view that she and many others are talking about.
“My wife is the photographer, so she dragged me here to see the eagles,” said Christopher Price of Norfolk, Nebraska.
Christopher and Brook Price from Norfolk, Nebraska didn’t drive an hour to just come and watch, Brook captures America’s iconic symbol on camera.
“In Norfolk we’ll see a few from time to time, but seeing so many like this is pretty impressive,” Christopher said.
Eagles like to congregate near large, open bodies of water with abundant feeding and old trees for nesting.
“We have open water here and low water levels, I think it’s a good time for the eagles to search for prey and they feed on fish and I think that’s why they hang around in. the area right now, ”Don, South Dakota conservation officer. Hallaway said.
And they don’t just hang out in the trees.
Some hitchhike on floating icebergs, crouching down and praying for an opportunity.
“They’re pretty cool creatures and they’ll do a lot of things that will surprise people who watch them,” Hallaway said.
It’s one thing to see an eagle and its six-foot wingspan soar above open waters, but it’s another frightening moment to see it soar, so freely in a land that relies on its freedom.
The Game, Fish and Parks says that if you are planning to visit the area, bring your binoculars, cameras, and be sure to stop by the side of the road for your own safety and to enjoy the views.