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    Bald eagle on the south branch

    I was fishing on the south branch this morning. I was surprised to see a large bald eagle at just below tree top level flying over me. I have fished the south branch many years and this is the first time I have seen a bald eagle. Has anyone else seen a bald eagle? BTW I had a good time fishing the SB this morning with a couple of brown trout.

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    Re: Bald eagle on the south branch

    I have seen more bald eagles than you could imagine on the SB...
    Just not on the upper trout sections....I see alot in the lower reaches...
    Say from clinton on down to past the confluence....They have been pretty
    regular customers for the last ten yrs er so....How far up did you see him??


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    Re: Bald eagle on the south branch

    Have seen a mature and a juvi on a number of occasions in the Middle Valley stretch.
    NJ has in excess of 170 known eagle nests and there have been approximately 90 chicks fledged so far this year. Start looking at the sky and I guarantee you will be amazed how many eagle you see around.


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    Re: Bald eagle on the south branch

    Always a special moment seeing a bald eagle...I've seen one on the SBR and even more surprisingly (to me) have seen one several times on the ramapo... along with a mink..thought those were pretty cool sightings in such an urban area..


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    Re: Bald eagle on the south branch

    I saw the bald eagle while fishing along Vernoy road. It is very common to see mink too. Just goes to show if you take care of the environment nature will respond. It increase the pleasure of fly fishing

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    Re: Bald eagle on the south branch

    Saw one fly over the Garden State Parkway at the Matawan/South Amboy area near the driscol bridge. Totally odd place for a bald eagle but in general I think the population has really rebounded the past 10 years or so. They are a common sighting now in the catskills.


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    Re: Bald eagle on the south branch

    I see them on the SBR from time to time, usually cruising up through the Gorge....a few years ago, I had an Osprey take a fish I was casting to...scared the shit outta me...

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    Re: Bald eagle on the south branch

    I helped the Raritan Trout Club today in Middle Valley do some stream restoration work and saw a mature bald eagle this morning, likely the same one you saw cruising near Vernoy. I see them at least weekly between Middle Valley and the KLG. They really have become somewhat common. The Musky is loaded with them.

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    Re: Bald eagle on the south branch

    There are nesting pairs up and down the Raritan river valley.

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    Re: Bald eagle on the south branch

    I did not realize bald eagles were a common sight along the SB. I will be more observant with an eye on the sky as well as the river

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    Re: Bald eagle on the south branch

    Quote Originally Posted by hanknj View Post
    I did not realize bald eagles were a common sight along the SB. I will be more observant with an eye on the sky as well as the river
    This is probably the same one you saw. Sorry, no telephoto lens. Just a point and shoot....

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    Re: Bald eagle on the south branch

    I saw a bald eagle eating a dead deer near my house, didn't know they are scavengers


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