Sunday, April 18, 2010

Bald Eagle


Bald Eagle
Haliaeetus leucocephalus


Did you know that with a visual acuity 4 - 8 times better than a human's, the bald eagle is a formidable predator?  


An eagle riding a thermal at an altitude of nearly 1,000 feet uses it's binocular and peripheral vision to spot prey across a distance of nearly 3 square miles.


The bald eagle plucks fish from the water with its talons without diving into the water.
Not to demoralize the stately bald eagle, but it is a stated fact
that they prefer to feed on carrion, 
and are known to "pirate" live fish from Osprey.


Perhaps the path of least resistance?




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16 comments:

Just Ramblin' said...

Is there anything more beautiful than observing a Bald Eagle with its outspread wings. In the spring we often
have some passing through and we drive out to observe them. It is really an awesome site. I knew they had great eyesight but didn't know just how great it was until I just read your blog. Was this in your area? Nola

KaHolly said...

Hi, Nola. Yes sireee, these eagles were right here in the harbor in front of my house! I see eagles just about every day, and will always delight in sighting one as if it was the first time!! ~karen

Rose said...

You're so lucky! We do see a few here, but it is really a red letter day to spot one.

eileeninmd said...

Cool shots of the Eagle. They are awesome and always a treat to see.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Karen: Oh how I want to see an eagle on wing, neat captures.

magiceye said...

amazing creatures!

Bill S. said...

Fantastic pictures. I love eagles.

Pam said...

Wow, I am in awe of your gorgeous shots of the Bald Eagle. Well done!

EG Wow said...

Wonderful shots! That's very interesting that their vision is so good!

ksdoolittle said...

Thank you all for stopping by and viewing my eagle pictures. I am very lucky, indeed, to have resident eagles around my property. They sometimes offer great photo opportunities! I miss a lot of great shots, too! ~karen

NatureFootstep said...

there is something special about them. :)

lisaschaos said...

I love watching eagles! They are so beautiful! I love that you caught him with his mouth full. :)

christopher said...

Majestic in flight.

Great pictures...I especially like the third photo...capturing the eagle's eyes, while the eagle has you locked in his sights.

Johnny Nutcase said...

great shots, you got such a nice look at him! all the baldys i see lately are sooo far away!

Angad Achappa said...

Those were some nice shots there, and great info!!

Regards,
Angad Achappa

The Early Birder said...

Oh to be an Eagle riding high in the sky. Super shots Karen.