Lake Hopatcong is home to at least two pairs of nesting bald eagles. The once rare birds are making a comeback and finding a niche among the busy lake population.

A construction project was delayed last spring when it was discovered a new pair had set-up a nest above a planned condominium site in Hopatcong.

Construction re-started after the three-offspring fledged and moved on.

Now the parents have returned to an uneasy standoff with the construction company.

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Anthony Lawson is a New Jersey Press Association multiple award-winning photographer. He has been actively capturing the spirit of Jefferson Township for over a decade; first in the “AIM Jefferson” and now in “The Jefferson Chronicle”. A 25 year resident of the township, he has a four-decade long photography career which included event photography, landscape art, and most recently photo journalism.