Bald Eagle Flying And Soaring In Glorius Beauty


Bald Eagle Flying And Soaring In Glorius Beauty

The Bald Eagle Flying (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) is an iconic picture and one that many people associate with the United States of America. The American Bald Eagle is a large raptor found throughout North America. It is quite a common and a hugely successful predator mainly due to it’s often scavenger and opportunistic – like tendencies. It is not a picky eater and certainly will not turn it’s beak up at fast food.

A soaring Bald Eagle is a magnificent sight. A Bald Eagle in flight can cover enormous amounts of ground effortlessly and can almost match the flight prowess of some vultures and certainly most other Eagles. However a lot of the Eagle’s time is spent perching in trees over-looking lakes using their excellent vision to spot fish swimming too close to the surface.

When the Eagle spots potential prey the bald eagle flying techniques really come into their own. The bald eagle soaring over the lake then goes in to a shallow stoop almost worthy of a falcon. It then flies very low, sometimes only a matter of centimeters from the water’s surface.

It’s curved scimitar-like talons then grab the fish and the bald eagle flying momentum carries it forward dragging the fish out of the water. All fish eagles have more curved talons than those of hawks, buzzards and falcons and this is to hold on to their slippery prey.

In this page I would not only like to talk about bald eagle flight techniques and the soaring bald eagle itself. I would also like to talk a little about the bald eagle migration. Bald eagle migration is an important topic when studying these birds. Not all bald eagles migrate.

In fact most of the southern pairs stay all year round in their large territories. Bald eagle nests are the largest of any bird in the world (even bigger than golden eagle nests) and need to be protected.

The northern most bald eagle migration paths are very complicated and different birds will migrate different lengths of travel. A soaring bald eagle can fly at an average of 30-50 miles per hour using thermal currents with virtually no effort at all.

This means some particular bald eagle flying migratory paths can be very long indeed whereas some are much shorter. A bald eagle in flight is quite easy to distinguish and identify. They are very large and quite heavy bodied birds, even for an eagle. When the bird is gliding, it glides on flat wings.

A soaring bald eagle however may be seen soaring with wings in a V shape. The most common mistake is to mis-identify a bald eagle in flight as a white tailed sea eagle. Although closely related there are some distinguishable differences between these two birds.

  1. A bald eagle in flight is considerably smaller than it's very large cousin the white tailed sea eagle.
  2. A soaring bald eagle is quite loud, calling almost constantly (especially when a juvenile)
  3. A bald eagle has a shorter neck and a longer tail than the white tailed sea eagle
  4. The tail on a bald eagle is less obviously 'wedge-shaped' than that of a white tailed sea eagle.

I hope very much that this page has been of some interest for people looking about information on identifying a bald eagle in flight.

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