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By martinjp
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 70102 centimeters (2840 in), a wingspan of up to 2.44 m (96 in), and a mass of 2.57 kilograms (5.515 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 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.

Thanks for my C&C's for LANNER/PEREGRINE, as ever, much appreciated. Have a good evening all, BR, Martin. Wink

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11 Nov 2009 5:58PM
Superb detail captured here Martin - feel like I could almost touch it !


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barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
11 Nov 2009 6:26PM
What a beautiful and proud looking bird
You have done him well
colmar 10 42 35 Scotland
11 Nov 2009 6:39PM
Wonderful image , such detail ,you feel it is about to pounce off the screen well captured thanks for sharing Colin
Dave_Holdham 9 4 1 Wales
11 Nov 2009 6:39PM
Stunning image, great detail and dof, well captured.
11 Nov 2009 6:44PM
superb capture
Roly 11 Wales
11 Nov 2009 6:56PM
Excellent shot of this impressive looking bird.Super write up too.
EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
11 Nov 2009 6:57PM
Wonderful detail and pose. Outsanding portrait of this mighty bird.

jools59 9 4 1 United Kingdom
11 Nov 2009 7:56PM
Lovely detail and colour Martin....what a magnificent looking bird....Jools
9 10 10 England
11 Nov 2009 8:35PM
Beautiful feather detail in this super portrait.
Gezina 11 3 6 United Kingdom
11 Nov 2009 9:15PM
Stunning shot Martin the detail is super and you've controlled the exposure very well - Ina
gingerdelight 11 298 11 United Kingdom
11 Nov 2009 9:53PM
Excellent! A stunning close up, very detailed. Thanks for the info as well.
baclark 9 3.7k 24 United Kingdom
11 Nov 2009 11:22PM
An absolutely cracking capture Martin! So sharp, magnficent detail. Good info too.
12 Nov 2009 12:15AM
Superb detailed close up Martin and a wonderful portrait. Gary
12 Nov 2009 6:33AM
Stunning, Martin, superb details, presentation and write up.
terry_cavner 13 332 United Kingdom
12 Nov 2009 7:10AM
WOW....What a Beauty
12 Nov 2009 7:55AM
jep a big WOW from me too great detail and great pose well captured.
Ray42 10 3 England
12 Nov 2009 8:00AM
Great shot and write up
Thushari 8 1 Sri Lanka
12 Nov 2009 8:34AM
Great close up with nice detail.
12 Nov 2009 8:42AM
morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
12 Nov 2009 8:52AM
Cracking image Martin, superb detail and colours, great shot.

PinkK 9 80 1 United Kingdom
12 Nov 2009 9:12AM
Wonderful capture!!
GalleryGirl 10 4 2 United Kingdom
12 Nov 2009 9:21AM
Fabulous image. Great capture.

Marilyn x
12 Nov 2009 10:49AM
Why they are called baled, When they have so many on the head.?
12 Nov 2009 10:53AM

Quote:Why they are called baled, When they have so many on the head.?
Good question Prab, when I asked this some time ago I was told that when they are flying, high in the sky, they look bald against a blue sky... But in reallity, I'm not convinced...Martin.
Dusan 9 Sri Lanka
12 Nov 2009 11:48AM
Excellent shot with great detail Martin.
12 Nov 2009 2:12PM
V sharp & expressive , nicely framed A+++++++++
12 Nov 2009 3:04PM
Great portrait of great bird With perfect ID Martin.
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
12 Nov 2009 4:10PM
VERY handsome portrait, Martin.

12 Nov 2009 6:53PM
A superb close up Martin.
Really Great.
cassiecat 10 39 46 England
12 Nov 2009 7:43PM
good head shot.lesley
Anjantoo 10 7 1 England
12 Nov 2009 8:47PM
Beautiful detail in this tunning image Martin!
13 Nov 2009 9:47AM
absolutely stunning
RuthyJ 12 England
13 Nov 2009 4:12PM
Stunning shot.
nickyv32 Plus
10 135 England
13 Nov 2009 6:41PM
Cracking shot, doesn't he look grumpy

13 Nov 2009 6:43PM

Quote:Cracking shot, doesn't he look grumpy


He was a proper Victor, lol, he did the display and just sat in a tree until he saw the trainer place his food on the perch, then came back...Grumpy, but clever!!!

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