Catawba in Chester County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
A Nest with a Bird's-Eye View
When people look for a home, one consideration is convenience to a grocery store. The bald eagles that nest here had something similar in mind: access to their favorite food - fish - in the Catawba River. When keen eyes on a handy meal, they built their nest of sticks lined with moss and grass.
Eagles mate for life, and this pair are permanent residents, opting not to migrate as others do. Since the mid-1990s, this female has laid eggs every February and eaglets have "fledged" or learned to fly by late May.
Watch these magnificent symbols of America, but respect the nest - it is their home.
Left Eagles lay one to three eggs, which hatch in about five weeks. Cared for by both parents, eaglets are ready to leave the next when they are ten to twelve weeks old. Only about half will survive their first year. Still, eagles in the wild have a forty-year lifespan.
Center Able to fly at 30 mph and dive at speeds close to 100 mph, eagles are fearsome hunters. They grab prey - whether fish or fowl, reptile or mammal - with their talons, and can fly off carrying up to four pounds.
Right Bald Eagles are found in every U.S. state except Hawaii. Adults weight nine to twelve pounds, with females being larger than males. Their wingspan
Erected by South Carolina State Park Service.
Location. 34° 47.367′ N, 80° 52.733′ W. Marker is in Catawba, South Carolina, in Chester County. Marker can be reached from Park Drive. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2051 Park Drive, Catawba SC 29704, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Landsford Canal State Park Trails (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Guardlock (about 700 feet away); The Dam (about 700 feet away); Welcome to Landsford Canal State Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); Footbridge (approx. 0.3 miles away); Landsford Canal (approx. 0.3 miles away); Culvert (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Canal Bed (approx. 0.7 miles away); Mill Complex (approx. 0.9 miles away); Great Indian Warrior Trading Path (approx. 1.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Catawba.
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 117 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page was last revised on June 26, 2016.