Crystal Springs Bald Eagles

very likely the first ever video of San Mateo’s very first nesting pair of bald eagles in 100 years, taken earlier today. This is on San Francisco Water Department property and the closest these eagles have nested to San Francisco in our generation. Another nesting pair has been reported at Kent Lake in Marin county and more info on Bay Area eagles at Hawkman blog. And another nesting pair at Calaveras Reservoir in Santa Clara county (updated at SFCitizen)

Tom Stienstra posted some directions and SF Citizen also posted about it. You can also watch a live webcam of a bald eagle nest with chicks in Ohio

the best photo so far is at the Penninsula Audubon Society

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the actual view…it’s on the other side of the lake, on the other side of that eucalytus grove


this photo is with a Canon EOS DSLR at 80mm (different source)

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this photo is with a 20xcanon sx20 bridge camera of the same eucalyptus grove at a different angle. This is the only place at water level you can see it and it’s on Sawyer Camp Trail


you need a bigger lens than this to get close (500mm) or a camera rigged to a spotting scope for digascoping which is likely how the Audubon got a nice clear shot


we got lucky as there was a juvenile bald eagle flying around Crystal Springs unrelated to the nesting pair -just passing through

bonus! Some young deer at Crystal Springs along Sawyer Camp Trail



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