A photograph of more than 50 bald eagles in a tree is making the rounds on Facebook this week. A Powell woman's post claimed the photo was taken in Basin, Wyo., but here at the Tribune, we had our doubts.
After a bit of research, it turns out the photograph was actually taken by Chuck Hilliard, a photographer in Seattle, Wash. He posted on his Facebook page Thursday morning to clarify the photo is his, and that it wasn't taken anywhere near Basin or Wyoming.
As of Thursday morning, the post saying the photograph was taken in Basin had been shared more than 1,000 times on Facebook, so we just wanted to clarify that the photo wasn't taken in the Big Horn Basin.
Our friends at the Basin Republican Rustler didn't believe it was a local photo.
Wrote Republican Rustler editor Karla Pomeroy on Hilliard's Facebook wall: "We
live in Basin and knew right away was not taken here and we've been
investigating. We'll try to spread the word of where the photo
originally came from. It is an awesome photo."
Incidentally, the photograph is similar to one by Powell photographer Richard Brady that we published in the Powell Tribune earlier this week. He traveled more than a 1,000 miles from Wyoming to take the photograph. Brady’s photo of 50 bald eagles in a single tree was taken in Canada during the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival, held in November in British Columbia, Canada.