Immature Bald Eagle…

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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.
  • For more info please visit here…

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9 comments on “Immature Bald Eagle…

  1. fabulous images and thanks for information.

  2. Roan says:

    Amazing! Enjoyed reading the facts too.

  3. Kristeen says:

    New to your blog — I’ve been watching a set of bald eagle family with two eaglets it’s been a thrill. Your the photo image of this eagle is so clear — I can’t wait to get a new lens so I can capture such images.. love how you captured the look on photo image 3..
    Hugs

  4. Eileen says:

    Awesome shot of the Eagle, it is a cool looking bird!

  5. tingsgrove says:

    Oh So Very Glorious and you have gotten some amazing shots of these beauties and your blog looks lovely as well. I had pleasure of watching a Bald Eagle nest for past 7 months and I shall miss the 2 juveniles, and hope they do well~

  6. Pat says:

    Wow! What a beautiful young bird.

  7. Chandra says:

    So majestic, immature or not! Lovely photos!!
    Have a Great Day!
    Peace 🙂

  8. Marie-AZ says:

    AMAZING photos! And wonderful info!

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