An image of an eagle that I took. Then added texture by Distress textures. The eagle to me shows courage and strength. Watching them raise their young is very fascinating. How they teach the little ones to eat and hunt.
Bald eagles can fly to an altitude of 10,000 feet. During level flight, they can achieve speeds of about 30 to 35 mph. Bald eagles weigh from ten to fourteen pounds.Eagle bones are light, because they are hollow. The beak, talons, and feathers are made of keratin. Bald eagles have 7,000 feathers.Longevity - Wild bald eagles may live as long as thirty years. Bald eagles sit at the top of the food chain Lifting power is about 4 pounds. Diet - Mainly fish, but they will take advantage of carrion (dead and decaying flesh).The bald eagle is a strong swimmer, but if the water is very cold, it may be overcome by hypothermia Hunting area varies from 1,700 to 10,000 acres. Home ranges are smaller where food is present in great quantity. All eagles are renowned for their excellent eyesight. Nests are built in large trees near rivers or coasts. An eagle reaches sexual maturity at around four or five years of age. Fidelity - Once paired, bald eagles remain together until one dies. Bald eagles lay from one to three eggs The 35 days of incubation duties are shared by both male and female. Nesting cycle - about 20 weeks Today, there are an estimated 9,789 breeding pairs of bald eagles. Eagles molt in patches, taking almost half a year to replace feathers, starting with the head and working downward.Birds puff up their feathers for various reasons. They puff them up while preening; to insulate themselves to changing temperatures; when they're relaxed; to make themselves appear larger when threatened; and when they're ill. The bald eagle became the National emblem in 1782 when the great seal of the United States was adopted.Causes of death - Fatal gun shot wounds, electrocution, poisoning, collisions with vehicles, and starvation.
November 16th, 2012
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