January is National Bald Eagle Watch Month

Bald Eagle, American National Bird, Sea Eagle

There are many documentaries and poetry written about the famed Bald Eagle. While working on a writing challenge, I focused on a different topic to deviate from the typical writing subject. Since we are celebrating National Bald Eagle Watch Month in January, this gave me an opportunity to write about this amazing carnivore. This bird of prey is our national bird as well as the national animal of the United States of America. You will find it on our seal. This majestic bird is found near large bodies of open water with an abundant food supply and old-growth trees for nesting. It feeds mainly on fish as it swoops down and quickly snatches its food from the water with its talons. The name of the Bald Eagle comes from the meaning “white-headed” so it is not actually bald.

According to Wikipedia, The bald eagle placed in the genus Haliaeetus (sea eagles). The plumage of an adult bald eagle is evenly dark brown with a white head and tail. The tail is moderately long and slightly wedge-shaped. The beak, feet and irises are bright yellow. The legs are feather-free, and the toes are short and powerful with large talons. The highly developed talon of the hind toe is used to pierce the vital areas of prey while it is held immobile by the front toes. The bald eagle has sometimes been considered the largest true raptor (accipitrid) in North America.

The bald eagle’s natural range covers most of North America, including most of Canada, all of the continental United States, and northern Mexico. It is the only sea eagle endemic to North America. The bald eagle occurs during its breeding season in virtually any kind of American wetland habitat such as seacoasts, rivers, large lakes or marshes or other large bodies of open water with an abundance of fish. The bald eagle is a powerful flier, and soars on thermal convection currents. Bald eagles are sexually mature at four or five years of age. When they are old enough to breed, they often return to the area where they were born.

Learn interesting facts about the Bald Eagle by visiting the American Eagle Foundation. The American Eagle Foundation is dedicated to protect the majestic Bald Eagle, the USA’s National Symbol, and its habitat by supporting and conducting eagle and environmental recovery and education programs. Why not explore something educationally pleasing to the writer’s palette and spotlight National Bald Eagle Watch Month in January.

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