Male bald eagles generally measure 3 feet from head to tail, weigh 7 to 10 pounds, and have a wingspan of about 6 1/2 feet. Females are larger, some reaching 14 pounds and having a wingspan of up to 8 feet. This striking raptor has large, pale eyes; a powerful yellow beak; and great, black talons. The distinctive white head and tail feathers appear only after the bird is 4 to 5 years old.

Bald eagles are believed to live 30 years or longer in the wild, and even longer in captivity. They mate for life and build huge nests in the tops of large trees near rivers, lakes, marshes, or other wetland areas. Nests are often reused year after year. With additions to the nests made annually, some may reach 10 feet across and weigh as much as 2,000 pounds. Although bald eagles may range over great distances, they usually return to nest within 100 miles of where they were raised.

Bald eagles normally lay two to three eggs once a year and the eggs hatch after about 35 days. The young eagles are flying within 3 months and are on their own about a month later. However, disease, lack of food, bad weather, or human interference can kill many eaglets; sometimes only about half will survive their first year.

The staple of most bald eagle diets is fish, but they will feed on almost anything they can catch, including ducks, rodents, snakes, and carrion. In winter, northern birds migrate south and gather in large numbers near open water areas where fish or other prey are plentiful. – US Fish & Wildlife Service

Photo taken in Whiteshell Provincial Park, Manitoba, Canada

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  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconover 6 years ago

    Wow! This is fantastic! What a magnificent bird and so well captured! Well done, Vickie!

  • thank you Blair, he was magnificent and sat and sat for me to get my shots. I got many. Taken from the boat on the lake while fishing.

    – Vickie Emms

  • jesika
    jesikaover 6 years ago

    Beautiful shot of a very handsome bird

  • thanks jesika, always appreciate your comments

    – Vickie Emms

  • Aloramyst
    Aloramystover 6 years ago

    Beautiful shot!

  • thanks so much Aloramyst

    – Vickie Emms

  • Helen Simpson
    Helen Simpsonover 6 years ago

    Stunning, Vickie. I have a friend who quite often sends me photos of the Bald Eagles of Orcas Island, WA. A totally magnificent bird of prey.

  • thank you very much Helen, he gave me a great opportunity

    – Vickie Emms

  • sbortone
    sbortoneover 6 years ago

    wow what a wonderful shot. great job

  • Al Williscroft
    Al Williscroftover 6 years ago

    cool shot!!

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