PHOTO: Bald eagle lands in Norwich

FILE - A bald eagle in Connecticut (WTNH / Report-It -Carol Moriarty)

NORWICH, Conn. (WTNH) — Carol Moriarty realized a lifelong dream Wednesday when she encountered a bald eagle in the wild.

“We were able to get some amazing shots,” Moriarty said in her Report It submission to News 8. “For nearly an hour the eagle stayed in the same position not 20 feet from us.”

According to the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, the nesting population of bald eagles in the state has “increased gradually” since the species was classified as endangered in 1992.

In 2010, DEEP says 18 pairs of bald eagles made nesting attempts in Connecticut. Up to 100 eagles winter in the state along major rivers and at large reservoirs, according to DEEP.

For more on the bird, click here.

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