Bald Eagle #1
Photograph - Photograph
A bald eagle perched on an exposed leaning dead tree during a drawdown of the Rodman Reservoir along the Ocklawaha River.
The periodic drawdowns of the reservoir water level are done to reduce the aquatic vegetation and dry out the lake bottom muck in an attempt to improve the water quality. This results in concentrations of fish, attracting fishers, both avian and human.
The Rodman Reservoir is a remnant of the partially constructed and then cancelled Cross-Florida Barge Canal project. The dead trees in this image were toppled by 'The Monster' a huge tank-like machine built for this project that ran over the trees pressing them down into the ground before the reservoir was flooded.
The dam and reservoir is a political hot potato between local bass-fishermen who want to keep the reservoir and environmentalists who want the dam breached to allow the Ocklawaha River to return to its natural flow.
March 11th, 2016
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