Another Day With The Bald Eagle

We had so much fun yesterday, and we were so intrigued by the sighting of the Bald Eagle, that we returned to Sweetwater Creek State Park today to see if the eagle was still in the area.

 
When we arrived at the park, we set up our picnic blanket and tripods on a small hill overlooking the lake, directly across from where we last saw it.

 
It didn’t take long before we realized we were the ones being watched. Soaring high above us, was the bald eagle.

 
Here’s some information about the bald eagle from Wikipedia.

The Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) is a bird of prey found in North America that is most recognizable as the national bird and symbol of the United States of America. This sea eagle has two known sub-species and forms a species pair with the White-tailed Eagle. Its range includes most of Canada and Alaska, all of the contiguous United States and northern Mexico. It is found near large bodies of open water with an abundant food supply and old-growth trees for nesting.

The Bald Eagle is a large bird, with a body length of 70–102 centimeters (28–40 in), a wingspan of up to 2.44 m (96 in), and a mass of 2.5–7 kilograms (5.5–15 lb); females are about 25 percent larger than males. The adult Bald Eagle has a brown body with a white head and tail, and bright yellow irises, taloned feet, and a hooked beak; juveniles are completely brown except for the yellow feet. Males and females are identical in plumage coloration. Its diet consists mainly of fish, but it is an opportunistic feeder. It hunts fish by swooping down and snatching the fish out of the water with its talons. It is sexually mature at four years or five years of age. In the wild, Bald Eagles can live up to thirty years, and often survive longer in captivity. The Bald Eagle builds the largest nest of any North American bird, up to 4 meters (13 ft) deep, 2.5 meters (8.2 ft) wide, and one tonne (1.1 tons) in weight.

The species was on the brink of extinction in the continental United States (while flourishing in much of Alaska and Canada) late in the 20th century, but now has a stable population and has been officially removed from the U.S. federal government’s list of endangered species. The Bald Eagle was officially reclassified from “Endangered” to “Threatened” on July 12, 1995 by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. On July 6, 1999, a proposal was initiated “To Remove the Bald Eagle in the Lower 48 States From the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife.” It was de-listed on June 28, 2007.

We spent seven hours at the park watching the Bald Eagle and other birds, like the Great Blue Heron, the Belted Kingfisher, and others. It was a great ending to a wonderful weekend. You can see more photos of this eagle in my photo gallery which is linked at the top of this page.

Tomorrow is D day, as in Dentist day, so my post might be a bit late.

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