Below are some interesting facts about eagles:
Eagles build the largest tree nests of any bird and their nests can weigh up to 1 ton and measure 13ft deep and 8ft wide and stand as much as 125ft above ground
Female Bald Eagles are 25% larger than males
Bald Eagles have an average wingspan of 6-8ft.
Only the Bald and Golden Eagles are found in North America and Mexico
Fish make up more than 50% of their diet.
68% Bald Eagle deaths are caused by humans either directly or indirectly such as power lines, wind turbines, colliding with buildings and cars or being shot
Over half million Bald Eagles were present in the 1700's. Chemical pesticides had an impact on their deaths. In 1952 the nesting pairs were reduced to 412 and in 2006 that number increased to 9,800.
They can reach 100 MPH in a dive and can fly 35 to 45 miles per hour
There are 70 different species of eagles over the world with 60 species living in Eurasia and Africa
Bald Eagles can live up to 20 to 35 years
They mate for life and reuse the nest year after year and lay 1-3 eggs a year. They mate while free falling
If you find a Bald Eagle feather on the gound, you need a permit to pick it up
When they lose a feather on one wing, they will lose one on the other in order to keep balance
The name Bald comes from an old English word "balde" meaning white
They ride air currents in front of thunderstorms
Alaskan Salmon fishermen killed over 100,000 Bald Eagles from 1917-1953 fearing threat to salmon industry
Eaglets don't get the white head until they are 5 years old
The above sources were gotten from several different web sites.
In our 6 years of coming here since 2014, I am always fascinated and loved watching them and taking photos.What a magnificent bird. Have not gotten that one photo of inflight, but will keep trying.
Here are some more photos.