15 July 2005
Launched from Riverside Park, a NY State boat launch in Coxsackie, NY. We paddled north between the western bank and Coxsackie Island. Mary noticed our first bald eagle in a tree. We continued north on the west side of Rattlesnake Island (not really an island...it is connected to the mainland). We saw the same eagle in another tree on our way out to the main part of the Hudson.
We paddled between the two islands into the Hudson. We stopped for lunch just north of Rattlesnake Island. Right after lunch we found another mature bald eagle. Just north of that eagle we saw 3 immature eagles in the same tree. I took one of my best pictures EVER of one of the immature eagles.
We paddled a couple of more miles north then headed back to the boat ramp. We managed to take a few more pictures of a couple more eagles and we saw a few we didn't get any photos of. What a great paddle!
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