Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) by larry flewers

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The bald eagle, with its snowy-feathered (not bald) head and white tail, is the proud national bird symbol of the United States—yet the bird was nearly wiped out there. For many decades, bald eagles were hunted for sport and for the “protection” of fishing grounds. Pesticides like DDT also wreaked havoc on eagles and other birds. These chemicals collect in fish, which make up most of the eagle’s diet. They weaken the bird’s eggshells and severely limited their ability to reproduce. Since DDT use was heavily restricted in 1972, eagle numbers have rebounded significantly and have been aided by reintroduction programs. The result is a wildlife success story—the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has upgraded the birds from endangered to threatened.

Though their numbers have grown in much of their range, bald eagles remain most abundant in Alaska and Canada. These powerful birds of prey use their talons to fish, but they get many of their meals by scavenging carrion or stealing the kills of other animals. (Such thievery famously prompted Ben Franklin to argue against the bird’s nomination as the United State’s national symbol.) They live near water and favor coasts and lakes where fish are plentiful, though they will also snare and eat small mammals.

Bald eagles are believed to mate for life. A pair constructs an enormous stick nest—one of the bird-world’s biggest—high above the ground and tends to a pair of eggs each year. Immature eagles are dark, and until they are about five years old, they lack the distinctive white markings that make their parents so easy to identify. Young eagles roam great distances. Florida birds have been spotted in Michigan, and California eagles have traveled all the way to Alaska.
Info from National Geographic
Canon 500D
efs 55-250 mm @ 220 mm

I have been into photography since 2009 when I had a little Sony Cyber shot Point and shoot camera I then moved onto a Fuji finepix s1000fd bridge camera I now use a Canon 60D and a Canon 500D and the mirror less compact eos m am now looking to update to a full frame I love all forms of photography have recently Got into HDR and Macro work

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  • Norma-jean Morrison
    Norma-jean Mor...11 months ago

    Larry, most beautiful and done with an art of picture that is so excellent and so wonderful indeed, all goodness always

  • Thank you Norma

    – larry flewers

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Trupp11 months ago

    Very nice work

  • Thank you Larry

    – larry flewers

  • Nigel Bangert
    Nigel Bangert11 months ago

    Superb work, a truly regal bird.

  • Thank you Nigel

    – larry flewers

  • Peter Wiggerman
    Peter Wiggerman11 months ago

  • Many thanks Peter

    – larry flewers

  • TeresaB
    TeresaB11 months ago

    December 1, 2013

    Beautiful work!

  • thank you Teresa

    – larry flewers

  • John44
    John4411 months ago

    Great camera work !!

  • Thank you my friend

    – larry flewers

  • dgscotland
    dgscotland11 months ago


    Clicking the banner takes you to the group….please enjoy it.

  • Cheers mate

    – larry flewers

  • jessiejoe
    jessiejoe11 months ago

  • Thank you so much

    – larry flewers

  • Denise Abé
    Denise Abé9 months ago

    beautiful :) xxx

  • Thank you Denise xx

    – larry flewers

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