Goldner said the ex-South Works spot is a "haven for wildlife and rare migratory birds." He said he was "happy" following news that the Lakeside development project on the former South Works site is dead after a split between owner U.S. Steel and developer McCaffery Interests.
Goldner estimates the bald eagle photographed, which he said had "full adult plumage," was about four years old. He captured the photograph from about 150 yards away.
Goldner, who lives in Evanston, left the real estate business in 2008 to become a full-time wildlife photographer. Goldner is respected in the local birding community, featured as an expert in local media and has won photography contests sponsored by the Cook County Forest Preserve and Chicago Park District.
A bald eagle photographed on Chicago's South Side near Rainbow Beach Dunes.
The bald eagle was once common in northeastern Illinois but was no longer a breeding species within the region by the early 1900s. The bird was once an endangered species but was upgraded to threatened and, in 2007, was taken off both lists. The bald eagle is still protected under the provisions of the 1940 Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, which prohibits anyone from harming or disturbing the birds.