Liberty is a 16yr old female American Bald Eagle. She is an impressive bird with a 1.5m wingspan and weighs in at 9 and a half pounds!!! (Liberty is a small female – so they do get much bigger than her!!) With birds of prey the female is always larger – something called reverse size dimorphism.
She is the largest member of the flying team at The Butterfly and Wildlife Park, Lincolnshire, UK. I fly her in the 3pm display and on a nice hot day she will go up and soar on a thermal – she can be up for anything from 10minutes to 5days(which is her record!!) If she doesn’t go up and soar, we work her on the ground between stumps and posts – a good exercise routine for her. She has long broad wings which mean she is better designed for soaring rather than short quick flights. She is a wonderful bird to fly and so impressive to watch.
Taken 16-7-12. Fuji FinePix S2750