Beautiful Bald Eagle!
Beautiful American Bald Eagles.
Most of the photos on this page are photos I took. We have beautiful bald eagles all around us and I try to get their picture whenever I can. The eagle above we see almost every day when we come home. He sets in the tree along the highway and watches the highway for road kill and the lake on the other side for fish.
Often drivers on the highway see him and they will slow down to look at him.
This eagle was after some road kill in front of our house a rabbit. I tried to get a good picture, but he had sharp eyes and could see me sneaking through the woods. You can see he got his road kill it was a rabbit and he managed to pick it up.
- Eagle's are Protected
- In Wisconsin delisted
- Length: female 34-43 inches male 30-35 inches
- Wingspan: 7 feet
Eagles won't get the white on their head and tail until they are at least two years old.
The bald eagle was made the national bird of the USA in 1782.
People will shot, poison and tear down the nest of eagles. It's ashamed anyone would do that.
John F. Kennedy:
"The Founding Fathers made an appropriate choice when they selected the bald eagle as the emblem of the nation. The fierce beauty and proud independence of this great bird aptly symbolize the strength and freedom of America."
Watching Highway Eagle Two In A Tree.
This eagle was watching for road kill and fish by a lake just down the highway from our house different lake from the first Eagle.
Eagles in field near our house.
Eagle with deer carcus in the potato fields near our house. Ravens are trying to help with this carcus. Slide show below.
Eagles Will Kill Loon Babies or Loons.
Eagles will kill a baby Loon. If a baby Loon gets separated from mom the eagle will fly down and get the baby. They will also kill the grown-ups if they can.
There were loons on the lake where we lived. One Loon got caught in a small open hole in the ice. This hole had not frozen over and the loon was swimming in it. I'm sure he was trying to figure out how to get out of the hole. Loons have to have lots of room to fly off the lake. The rest of the lake was frozen solid. He didn't have enough space to fly.
Two eagles walked around and circled the hole all day long trying to get the Loon. The lake later opened up and the loon was able to get out. If the Loon hadn't got out it would have become exhausted and hungry. The eagles would have got the Loon once they realized he was weak. Eagles can't walk on water as we all know and once the water opened up the eagles had to leave and the Loon ended up with enough space to fly out.
The whole thing with the eagle and the Loon was something to see. We thought for sure the loon was going to lose his life. We tried to figure out a way to help him, but there was no way if we had gone near the Loon he would have gone under the water. The ice wasn't safe. It happened at a time when I didn't have a camera I could take a good distance picture. This happened 10 or 12 years ago.
Nesting Pair of Eagles
This is a nesting pair of eagles. (Not my photo). We had a nesting pair on the lake where we use to live. It's fun to watch them and to watch the little ones on the side of the nest. Most nests are two feet and five feet across. Nests are made up of twigs, moss, grasses and feathers. The nest on our lake disappeared and no one could figure out why. People had their cottages under the nest on the lake, they hated the nest being there. Boats would park in front of their cottages all the time looking up at the nest and watching the eagles. They didn't like it so from what we heard they managed to destroy the nest without getting caught.
Eagles mate for life. They will only get a new mate if their mate should die.
The eagles you see here were in a wildlife park near us. They keep them if they are injured and can't be returned to the wild. Many causes of death and injury to eagles are cars, shot for sport or money, electrocuted on power poles, lead poisoning from eating on wounded or dead game have been shot by hunters, eating poisoned meat used to bait wolves and coyotes, eating fish that have lead fishing sinkers in them, killed by mercury, PCB, dioxins and other chemicals are in fish, and starved to death when food is scarce.
Eagles can live to be 20 years old.
Young Eagle In The Tree In Our Yard.
Young Eagle in Our Yard
The photo above of this young eagle was taken by my husband in our backyard on November 22, 2009. We have many big trees in the yard and the eagles will sit on top of the trees watching the road, fields and our meadow for mice or whatever they might see to eat.
They say eagles will take cats. We have never lost a cat.
The big story is out right now can an eagle pick up a baby. We once found a dead fawn in one of our trees. The fawn may have gotten there by an eagle picking it up and then dropping it. We just don't know. They will take down fawns. It could have also been a bear trying to pull it up the tree, but a bear would come back for it or eat it right there.
We're hoping an eagle won't pick our little dog up from the yard. While sitting in the yard with him watching my husband put up a bird house. A hawk swooped down at us. We know he was after the dog. If a hawk will try it I know that an eagle will.
Eagles can pick up about 4 lbs.
Bird Picks Up Dog.
Eagles and Cats
I thought this was a very funny video. The eagle doesn't seem to mind the cat. Like I said we have never lost a cat and we have lots of eagles around.
Eagles In Potato Fields
Here is a slideshow of the eagles in a potato field near our house.
There was a farmer who that left poison bait piles and killed many animals including eagles. They had nine piles on their very large acreage. Their reason for the bait piles was to kill coyotes and wolves. While they were at the awful deed they killed eagles. It's because of this kind of attitude that eagle population goes down. The largest buyer of their potatoes is Frito-Lay.
Eagle's Nest On Highway 47.
This eagle's nest is on a power pole on highway 47 in Wisconsin. I had to take the photos with my camera while parked on the highway. I have a little Kodak camera so they are not the greatest photos. This nest has been on this pole for as long as I can remember. The eagles were busy the day we went by flying back in and out. Further down the highway on another power pole is another nest.
The American Bald Eagle
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Beautiful American Bald Eagles
moonlake (author) from America on November 14, 2013:
Au fait, Thanks for stopping by. We have already had a hawk swooped down on our little dog so when we hear the eagle around we really keep an eye on him. He never goes outside without one of us being there. Thanks for the pin.
C E Clark from North Texas on November 13, 2013:
Excellent hub! Great photos and that video where the eagle attempts to take a human toddler was quite shocking.
Voted up and BAUI, pinned to my 'Birds' board, and sharing with my followers!
moonlake (author) from America on April 23, 2013:
Peggy W, Thank you and thanks for the pin.
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 23, 2013:
Another great hub in which to pin! Consider it done!
moonlake (author) from America on March 29, 2013:
Phyllis Doyle, your welcome and thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.
Phyllis Doyle Burns from High desert of Nevada. on March 28, 2013:
moonlake, this is a great hub and such fantastic pictures -- well done. I love eagles. We have a of golden eagles around our area, and once in awhile we see a pair of American bald eagles. They are magnificent birds and get so big.
Thanks for sharing these pictures and writing this hub.
moonlake (author) from America on March 28, 2013:
Peggy W, Thank you I appreciate it.
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 28, 2013:
Came back to share your hub with others. It must be such a treat to see the wildlife that you enjoy on a daily basis from the vantage point of where you live. Nice!!!
moonlake (author) from America on March 11, 2012:
Thanks for stopping by and the comment. We are lucky we get to see them just about everyday. They are so beautiful.
Thanks for the vote. I really appreciate it.
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 10, 2012:
I have only seen them at a distance in the wild...nothing like what you get to see from your own backyard. Thanks for letting us see these photos and learning facts about the bald eagle. Enjoyed the videos also. Interesting and useful votes!
moonlake (author) from America on February 01, 2012:
sgbrown, Thanks so much for stopping by. I think we are very lucky to see them. Thanks for the vote.
Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on January 30, 2012:
Great hub! I love he pictures and the video. I have yet to see a bald eagle in the wild, but would love to. You are very lucky. I have voted this up and interesting. Thank you for SHARING it. :)
moonlake (author) from America on December 28, 2011:
Thank you and thanks so much for stopping by. Yes we are lucky to be able to see them like this.
Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on December 28, 2011:
Amazing photos here. I learned a great deal from reading your hub. You are fortunate to have such a view of these magnificent birds.
moonlake (author) from America on November 08, 2011:
Thanks for stopping by and enjoying my hub. They are magnificent and so beautiful.
Fiddleman on November 08, 2011:
Magnificent birds, thanks for sharing.
moonlake (author) from America on November 18, 2008:
Your welcome. We see these birds often but we never get tired of watching them.
Home 'n Biz Blend from Yarrawonga Park on November 18, 2008:
Wow moonlake, our young son will love seeing these photos. He's only 10 but a birdo already. He saw one last time we visited his sister in America - we're in Aussie. It was a BIG deal for him as we don't see them here. Thanks for posting this hub
moonlake (author) from America on November 17, 2008:
Thanks so much for stopping by my hub.
trish1048 on November 16, 2008:
A lovely hub! I thoroughly enjoyed the video. Such a gorgeous bird, thanks so much for sharing :)
moonlake (author) from America on November 11, 2008:
My husband and sons ice fish all the time and they said the eagles always waiting for them to throw a fish on the lake. They said they have to put the fish in a pail right away.
Thanks, for comments.
Rebecca Graf from Wisconsin on November 11, 2008:
Just beautiful creatures. We moved to northern Wisconsin last year and were so amazed at the size and beauty of these birds.
The funniest thing was during the winter when some men were ice fishing on a local lake. Several yards away was one of the biggest eagles I had ever seen watching the fishermen ever so closely. Would not have wanted to catch a fish that day. :)
moonlake (author) from America on November 10, 2008:
Thanks Just_Rodney and Barbie for comments and for visiting my hub. They are beautiful. I worry about my cats I can just see them walking across the yard and have an eagle fly down and pick up the cat.
I found a very old story on a baby being picked up by an eagle I'll have to find.
Barbie-Perkins from Cincinnati, OH on November 10, 2008:
What a marvelous Bird. The only place I ever saw a Bald Eagle was in the Cincinnati Zoo. It must be exciting to be able to see and take picutres of the Bald Eagle where you live.
Thanks for sharing. ~ Barbie
Rodney Fagan from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City on November 10, 2008:
Fab, great seeing them, here in South Africa we also have them, they are called Fish Eagles here and are fanrastic to watch.
moonlake (author) from America on November 09, 2008:
Thanks for stopping by and looking at my photos.
BkCreative on November 09, 2008:
Thanks for sharing!
justmesuzanne from Texas on November 09, 2008:
Excellent article! Thanks! :)
moonlake (author) from America on November 09, 2008:
Thanks for comment. It is a thrill to watch them.
Scottie JD on November 09, 2008:
Moonlake, what magnificent birds, and wonderful photos. What a thrill it must be to see them live and close by. Thanks for sharing