bald eagle twin lakes santa cruz
Photo: Tarmo Hannula/The Pajaronian

A bald eagle takes a high perch in a eucalyptus tree at Twin Lakes, near East Cliff Drive and 9th Avenue in Santa Cruz on New Year’s Day. Such birds are an uncommon sighting in Santa Cruz County. A pair of nesting bald eagles were spotted on numerous occasions around the Pajaro Valley several years ago.

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Tarmo Hannula has been the lead photographer with The Pajaronian newspaper in Watsonville since 1997. More recently Good Times & Press Banner. He also reports on a wide range of topics, including police, fire, environment, schools, the arts and events. A fifth generation Californian, Tarmo was born in the Mother Lode of the Sierra (Columbia) and has lived in Santa Cruz County since the late 1970s. He earned a BA from UC Santa Cruz and has traveled to 33 countries.


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