The Bald Eagle
The Bald Eagle, a great pleasure to watch, especially soaring eagle's flight,
they appear to be in slow motion, their appearance is unmistakable.
By its white head and white tail set against the backdrop of its beautiful,
plush, deep chocolate color body, those eagles can be found throughout
Northern Mexico, Continental United States, also Alaska and Canada.
The bald eagle was chosen June 20, 1782, as an Emblem of
the United States of America. The reason why the bald eagle was chosen
because of its long life, a great strength, and a majestic look.
In Eighteen Century American Settlers gave the bald eagle its name,
thinking it was the same as the Sea Eagle, the one found in Europe like
other birds, the eagle has been affected by the widespread use of pesticides
but thanks to several states those have been breeding bald eagles.
For the first time in years, the efforts to
revive these majestic birds breeding have been successful.
Bald eagles can get up to twenty-nine to forty-two inchesí long
weigh seven to fifteen pounds, with a wingspan of six to eight feet.
Eagles can live around forty years in the wild, and longer in captivity
Females are larger than males. Bald Eagles residing in the
northern U.S.A are larger than those that reside in the south.
Bald eagles live near large open water such as lakes,
marshes, seacoasts, and rivers, where there are plenty of fish to eat,
and tall trees for nesting and roosting.
Bald eagles feed primarily on fish, but also eat small animals
like ducks, coots, muskrats, turtles, rabbits, snakes, etc.
Occasional carrion (dead animals).
They seldom dive vertically on their prey, preferring to descend more gradually
and snatch fish, rabbits, etc. with their feet applying approximately
one thousand poundsí pressure per square inch, in each foot they can
carry about half their weight. Their diving speed is estimated at seventy-five to
one hundred miles per hour. And around forty-four miles per hour in level flight,
they can fly to altitudes ten thousand feet or more and can soar aloft for hours
using natural wind currents and thermal updrafts their keen eyesight
allows them to spot fish at distances up to one mile.
Eagles swoop down to seize a fish in their talons and carry it off...
Bald Eagle scientific name is... 'Haliaetus leptocephalus'
Meaning, 'Sea eagle with a white head.' The Bald Eagle is the only One,
that is native to North America.
Researched and written by Zuzanna Musial
Original Poem: 2011© Zuzanna Musial
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