The bald eagles of Channel Islands are a great rebound story. In spring 2006, a chick hatched without human help on the islands for the first time in 50 years, according to the National Park Service.
The birds had previously been erased from the islands thanks to hunters, egg collectors and the chemical DDT, but the majestic birds of prey have come back over 35 years of reintroduction.
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The chicks might look small now, but they'll grow to become among North America's largest predatory birds, with wingspans of more than 7 feet and bodies weighing nearly 14 pounds.
The winged giants tend to live near large bodies of water and, as such, make fish a major part of their diet. They'll also eat mammals (squirrels and raccoons, for example) and waterbirds such as ducks and heron.