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Cool Facts

  • Rather than do their own fishing, Bald Eagles often go after other creatures’ catches. A Bald Eagle will harass a hunting Osprey until the smaller raptor drops its prey in midair, where the eagle swoops it up. A Bald Eagle may even snatch a fish directly out of an Osprey’s talons. Fishing mammals (even people sometimes) can also lose prey to Bald Eagle piracy. See an example here.
  • Had Benjamin Franklin prevailed, the U.S. emblem might have been the Wild Turkey. In 1784, Franklin disparaged the national bird’s thieving tendencies and its vulnerability to harassment by small birds. “For my own part,” he wrote, “I wish the Bald Eagle had not been chosen the Representative of our Country. He is a Bird of bad moral Character. He does not get his Living honestly. … Besides he is a rank Coward: The little King Bird not bigger than a Sparrow attacks him boldly and drives him out of the District.”
  • Sometimes even the national bird has to cut loose. Bald Eagles have been known to play with plastic bottles and other objects pressed into service as toys. One observer witnessed six Bald Eagles passing sticks to each other in midair.
  • The largest Bald Eagle nest on record, in St. Petersburg, Florida, was 2.9 meters in diameter and 6.1 meters tall. Another famous nest—in Vermilion, Ohio—was shaped like a wine glass and weighed almost two metric tons. It was used for 34 years until the tree blew down.
  • Immature Bald Eagles spend the first four years of their lives in nomadic exploration of vast territories and can fly hundreds of miles per day. Some young birds from Florida have wandered north as far as Michigan, and birds from California have reached Alaska.
  • Bald Eagles can live a long time, with a longevity record of 28 years in the wild and 36 years in captivity.
  • Bald Eagles occasionally hunt cooperatively, with one individual flushing prey towards another.
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11 comments on “Eagle…

  1. Wow, those are excellent photos of the eagle. Great job. And, I bet patience.

  2. Margaret says:

    These are truly magnificent birds. The video is amazing.

  3. Eileen says:

    Wonderful sighting. I love the eagles. Great shots and post.

  4. Marie-AZ says:

    Great photos! Wonderful info too. And the video was awesome…I shared it on facebook and Pinterest!:-)

  5. My………such beauty!!! And my such jealousy I am experiencing right now. To be able to photograph this wonderful eagle would be a thrill of a lifetime for me.

    Fantastic images. [sorry I’m late getting around to visiting, Bud and I are kept busy the last week renovating a bathroom.]

  6. You, hubby and your children live in a magical place..I should send my grandson when he gets older to your farm for camp. LOL…. Just amazing Erin.. just amazing.. Michelle

  7. Neil says:

    Great shots.

  8. Florence says:

    Beautiful photos. I especially love the one in flight with his wings extended.

  9. pattisj says:

    Great shots and lots of info. Thanks!

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