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Bald Eagle landing

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The Bald Eagle is one of the most majestic birds to observe and photograph. They are impressive with a wingspan up to 7 feet and the female is normally larger than the male. They are monogamous and mate for life. They breed only once a year and together build an enormous nest that can weigh a ton which they come back to and use year after year. Bald Eagles can live for as long as 25-30 years!  They are regal and beautiful. The Eagle’s talons are around 2 inches long, but their strength comes from their leg muscles and tendons. The Bald Eagle can exert as much as 1000 pounds of pressure per square inch! Those talons are the last thing many fish get to see.

Bald Eagle stealing fish from Osprey

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I was walking along a pond in Florida when I watched an Osprey catch a fish. Just after the Osprey shook the water off with his meal safely in tow, a Bald Eagle rapidly zoomed in and harassed the Osprey for several minutes. They flew around for several minutes but the Eagle seemed to be the better, faster flier. The Eagle circled around and came up behind the Osprey with talons forward and snatched the fish from the Osprey. The Osprey is the more skilled fisherman but apparently the Eagle is larger and stronger. It was quite an interaction! Size matters!!!

Adult Bald Eagle with fish

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A.n Adult Bald Eagle in flight with wings aloft.  Eagle has a fish in it's talons

These majestic birds of prey are awe inspiring. Their huge wingspan of up to 90 inches, ability to lift up to 4 pounds, visual acuity of up to four times that of humans and longevity of 20 years make these creature fascinating. I never tire of watching and photographing these beautiful birds of prey.