The Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus), This magnificient creature was once in danger of becoming extinct. Thanks to the conservation efforts of many individuals and organizations, the bald eagle is now considered “least concern” on the IUCN red list. This goes to show how education and awareness can positively effect declining animal populations in the wild.

The United States of America’s national bird, is the only eagle unique to North America. The bald eagle’s scientific name signifies a sea (halo) eagle (aeetos) with a white (leukos) head. At one time, the word “bald” meant “white,” not hairless. Bald eagles are found over most of North America, from Alaska and Canada to northern Mexico. About half of the world’s 70,000 bald eagles live in Alaska. Combined with British Columbia’s population of about 20,000, the northwest coast of North America is by far their greatest stronghold for bald eagles. They flourish here in part because of the salmon. Dead or dying fish are an important food source for all bald eagles. Bald Eagles mate for life with one partner. Eagles are a member of the Accipitridae family, which also includes hawks, kites, and old-world vultures.

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Comments

  • dehk
    dehkalmost 7 years ago

    Beautifully Sharp, great control of aperture, and nice framing

  • Tron
    Tronalmost 7 years ago

    Beautiful Lisa!

  • melynda blosser
    melynda blosseralmost 7 years ago

    wow gorgeous

  • Elaine Harriott
    Elaine Harriottalmost 7 years ago

    This is just fantastic, really lovely!

  • Phil Threlfall
    Phil Threlfallalmost 7 years ago

    Great shot

  • Craig Harris
    Craig Harrisalmost 7 years ago

    Awesome shot there Lisa, sahrp as a pin.

  • eltotton
    eltottonalmost 7 years ago

    A fantastic shot, Lisa. I do lovethose eagles and this is a great close up of one. Well done.

  • ECGardner
    ECGardneralmost 7 years ago

    Beautifully captured… Love her ruffled feathers and the clarity of her eyes… I wonder, was she in the middle of grooming herself, or was she just annoyed by something?

  • E.C., my opinion is that this is the male, he seemed to be defending the female againt a great deal of activity around the enclosure by the human visitors (including many children). At this point he had left his perch next to the female, and took up a tree branch nearest the visitors, allowing me to get a close shot. A few moments before he had raised his wings and forced his head and beak forward as if to say, “Hey, cool it”. I got a shot, but slightly blurred. They were so still before all the activity, and I wasn’t ready with the shutter speed. Then, he returned to his position next to his mate, and turned his back to us.

    – Lisa G. Putman

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1almost 7 years ago

    WOW

  • Darla  Logsdon
    Darla Logsdonalmost 7 years ago

    Beautiful image! Very nicely done!

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