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Wildlife Neighbours

The wildlife at Hotel Lake are our neighbours and we hope everyone who visits this section of our website will take time to contribute by writing an article about their favourite neighbour.

 EAGLE.       Soaring high over Hotel Lake these magnificent creatures keep watch over us.

After almost going extinct in the mid 20th century due to DDT poisoning, these raptors are a true success story and because of this recovery, we picked the eagle for our logo for its resilience in the face of adversity and for its high-view of the world below.

 

There are two types in BC, Bald Eagles and Golden Eagles.  Bald Eagles usually frequent tall forests near bodies of water because their diet is mostly fish. Prefering tall trees, Bald Eagle build their nests adding new layers every year until they become so heavy they eventually fall out of the tree; these nests are considered the largest nest in the world.

 

These raptors have incredible eyesight (8 times better than humans) and can hunt visually from 10,000. Their vision encompasses the ultraviolet spectrum allowing them to see past the surface reflections on water and thus see the fish below.

 

Golden Eagles are also common in BC.  Prefering the open landscapes and mountain cliffs these raptors are fast and agile hunters who eat mainly mammals:  rabbits, hares, ground squirrels, marmots, and prairie dogs and also larger animals, like small deer, seals, mountain goats, coyotes, and badgers! The distinguishing feature between these two birds is that the Bald Eagle has "bald" legs, whereas the Golden Eagle has feathers all the way down to the top of their feet.       Submitted by Brian Croft

Thanks to:         https://birdwatchinghq.com/eagles-in-british-columbia/

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For a complete list of features on our wildlife friends, just hover over "Wildlife" on our main menu.

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