Eagles flock to Fraser for salmon feast

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A young bald eagle snatches some fish by the Fraser River near Mission.

Photograph by: Nick Procaylo - PNG, The Province

Eagle watchers on the Fraser River near Mission on Saturday counted up to 5,000 of the mighty birds congregating for a huge banquet of salmon carcasses.

David Hancock, the organizer of a boat trip on the river, said he counted 2,717 eagles from shore before the 11 a.m. launch.

By the end of the day, they had spotted 4,500 to 5,000 eagles, said his assistant, Karen Bills.

Because of low cloud cover, "instead of soaring high, they were flying really low. The trees were just filled with them and they were all over the flats."

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