Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Bald Eagle, March 27, 2019

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L is for Leucocephalus meaning 'white head' as in Haliaeetus leucocephalus, an Eagle with a white head

Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, March 2, 2019
Haliaeetus leucocephalus, Bald Eagle, is the national emblem of the United States.
'Bald' is a misnomer that arose because of the contrast between the dark body and the white head, but the 'leucocephalus' in the scientific name correctly states White Head.  Bald Eagles typically nest in the tallest trees in the forest so that they have a clear view in all directions. Their main source of food is fresh-caught fish, but they also kill and eat small mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians. If food is scarce, they may resort to scavenging in garbage dumps and competing with Vultures for carrion.

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12 comments:

  1. We are very fortunate to have several pairs of Bald Eagles breeding locally. Magnificent birds!

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  2. Bautiful creature, I wish I would see them here in the wild

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  3. Great capture of the Eagle. I have seen the eagles on a deer carcass. They are always a treat to see! Have a happy day!

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  4. They are always such a wonder to see.

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  5. I live in a bald eagle's neighborhood, and sometimes get to see him fish in the river behind my house, or perch up high in a tree close to my windows. I got a shot of him just the other day! such majestic creatures...

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  6. Nice one! I would like to get this shot!

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  7. What a great image! Nicely done. Thank you so much for linking up at My Corner of the World this week!

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