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Pompton Lakes Photographer Finds Bald Eagle In Backyard

A bald eagle overlooks Pompton Lakes.
A bald eagle overlooks Pompton Lakes. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Jennifer Procek Citro
Jennifer Procek Citro
Jennifer Procek Citro Photo Credit: Facebook

POMPTON LAKES, N.J. — A sight of American pride landed in Jennifer Procek Citro's backyard in Pompton Lakes when she discovered a bald eagle resting in a tree.

"I saw it out of the corner of my eye," Citro said. "It was right on the Lakeside bridge that goes over a portion of the lake that takes you from Pompton Lakes to Wayne."

Citro found it shortly after the weekend snowstorm with a wintery background for a picture. An avid photographer, she knew she had to capture it on film.

She took a few pictures and said they were good, but not her best. She didn't have her longest lens with her.

Nevertheless, she walked through deep piles of snow to get closer.

"I really wanted to capture it in flight," she said. "I was sitting there in the snow. I waited probably 45 minutes."

The eagle never flew while she watched, though.

A lifelong Pompton Lakes resident, Citro said her backyard features a view of the lake. She works in sales from home so can appreciate the view more often, she said.

She said she was excited to share the pictures of the bald eagle with her friends, and that it got more than 250 likes on Facebook.

"It's just amazing," she said. "I've traveled all over and never seen a bald eagle. To see one in your own backyard is just breathtaking."

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