After watching the famous Decorah, IA bald eagle's webcam on the internet during their entire nesting process and the hatching of three chicks, I decided I had to do a colored pencil drawing of the entire family. Their nests are usually high in a tree above a water source for the fish that they prefer in their diet. I wanted to include their food items in the drawing, a rabbit and a fish, but tried to keep them subtle. This pair of eagles return to the same nest year after year but always remodel and add new branches and twigs for the upcoming season. Their nests are generally 5 or 6 feet in diameter and can weigh as much as a ton. Males and females look similar with their distinct white heads, however the female is usually slightly larger. The juveniles do not get their adult plumage for several years.
April 10th, 2011
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