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Local Bald Eagle Pair Settling in for the Winter

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A pair of bald eagles nesting near White Rock Lake. | Image by Getty Images

People have been flocking to the area to see two bald eagles build their nests around White Rock Lake since the pair moved to the area earlier this year, as reported by The Dallas Express. A male and female bald eagle recently relocated after their first nest was blown over in February due to high winds, destroying several eggs.

The two birds had lived in a nest in Lake Highlands Park in October 2021. The area is populated with foot traffic, meaning that people quickly found out about the pair’s hideaway. The eagles attracted many onlookers.

The city attempted to protect the eagles in their Lake Highlands Park area with signage and even a fence.

Bald eagles are a protected species and have been since 1940. Those who attempt to take one or handle parts of their nest would face a fine of up to $100,000.

After their blown-over nest, they started inhabiting an abandoned hawk’s nest as a temporary solution.

A few weeks ago, they began constructing their new nest at White Rock Lake, about four miles away from Lake Highlands Park.

It is believed that the two will attempt to mate again soon, as their typical mating season in the south is in November and December. After mating, the female will lay a fertilized egg within five to 10 days.

Jimmy Martin has been photographing the two for a little over a year. He told WFAA that it is thrilling “when you get a great shot.” He also likes that his photos inspire curiosity in others, urging them to learn more about bald eagles.

To see his pictures and updates on the pair, follow Jimmy Martin on Instagram.

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