Birdwatchers are flocking to Nova Scotia's Annapolis Valley to catch a glimpse of a rare species: the bald eagle.

The open waters allow the birds to catch fish all winter. But a few extremely cold winters in the early 1960s hurt the bald eagle population.

Younger birds weren't able to get food during the harshest part of the winter. A farmer in the area decided to help them out by putting his dead chickens out for the eagles to eat.

"The feeding of the poultry, that was a tremendous boost," said Eagle Festival organizer Richard Henninar. "That's what put the numbers up three or four fold."

Throughout the 1990s, more farmers put out free feasts. The bald eagle flock is now flourishing with 500 members.

People pack a back country road an hour from Halifax to watch the eagles soar.