Photo: Bald Eagle Surveys the River

American Bald Eagle sitting on a tree branch

Anne Lewis

Our photo of the day comes from nearby the San Lorenzo River, California. What a noble beauty of a bird. Reader Anne Lewis sent this gorgeous shot to us, along with its encouraging story. She writes: "This bald eagle has recently been making its presence known along the San Lorenzo River, which flows through the Santa Cruz Mountains in northern California and flows into the sea right near the Santa Cruz beach boardwalk (fun place to join the Pacific Ocean, eh?!) Anyway, I finally got a photo as it sat surveying the river one lovely Friday morning. SOO exciting that the river health has rebounded to the point that it can now support a resident bald eagle. Never before, in the 60+ years I've been observing here, have I seen one. Very inspiring!!" Small victories, big impact! Would you like to see your nature photo featured as the TreeHugger photo of the day? Join TreeHugger’s Reader Photo Pool on Flickr and add your pictures to the group. Alternatively, send it to with "photo of the day" in the subject line.