Bald eagle eating a fish on Murphy's Island at Syracuse, NY

 

A bald eagle is on the lookout while eating a fish at Murphy's Island
A bald eagle is on the lookout while eating a fish at Murphy's Island.

  Murphy's Island at Syracuse, New York, has become a winter-feeding ground for bald eagles in recent years. The Island is on the southeastern corner of Onondaga Lake and this part of the lake doesn't freeze over in the winter because of a nearby wastewater treatment plant. Due to the lake not freezing over by Murphy's Island bald eagles, as well as other birds, can fish the lake's waters.

The bald eagle tears at the fish's remains while perched in the tree at Murphy's Island.
The bald eagle tears at the fish's remains while perched in the tree at Murphy's Island.

  Murphy's Island is not an actual island. At least not that I can tell from satellite imagery of it. The "island" is surrounded by Onondaga Lake, Onondaga Creek, another creek (name is unknown), and CSX's railroad tracks. The island sits across the tracks from Destiny USA Mall. Murphy's Island can be accessed by a newly opened trail extension to the Onondaga Creekwalk trail. 

While still in the tree, the bald eagle takes a break from eating and sets its eyes on me
While still in the tree, the bald eagle takes a break from eating and sets its eyes on me.

Photographs taken on November 15, 2022, at Syracuse, New York.

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