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- A pair of eagles and their eaglets were photographed nesting in an Arizona saguaro cactus.
- It’s the first such photograph taken in Arizona.
- The Arizona Game and Fish Department shared the image on social media.
Bald eagles have been found nesting in an Arizona saguaro cactus for the first time in decades.
A pair of eagles and their eaglets were spotted on a cactus near a central Arizona reservoir, Kenneth “Tuk” Jacobson, the agency’s coordinator of raptor management, told the Associated Press (AP), calling it “amazing.”
The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) tweeted photos taken by their eagle survey team on April 15. The department said it was the first image of eagles nesting in a saguaro taken in Arizona.
How Arizona is this! Our eagle survey team captured this image of a bald eagle family nesting in the arms of a saguaro - a rare sight! In fact, it's the first time an image of eagles nesting in a saguaro has been captured in Arizona. pic.twitter.com/OmXRGi9mVE— Arizona Game & Fish (@azgfd) April 16, 2020
Wildlife biologists have long searched for bald eagles nesting in Arizona saguaro cacti since the last known record of such a sighting in 1937, Jacobson told the AP.
After their population was threatened by hunting in the 20th century, bald eagles have since made a comeback and are now listed under the conservation status of "least concern."
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