The photos that I took this past December were the highlight of my photography journey to date. While driving only a few miles from my home I just happened to look up and see this majestic bald eagle.
Perched upon a tall tree limb trying to balance itself, this bald eagle put on a show for me as if trying to show me how grand it was. With a wing span of seven to eight feet and a magnificent white head, these birds are such a sight to see. Males and females are very similar in appearance. Females tend to be the larger of the two.
Bald eagles have made a significant comeback in the past few years. In Arkansas during December through February, you are most likely to see these majestic birds due to wintering and nesting here during these months. Eagles lay their eggs in February and continue to feed their young after they leave the nest a few more weeks.
Eagles have a life span of up to thirty years and were removed from the endangered species list in 2007. Bald eagles are protected by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, both federal wildlife statutes.
I want to share with you a link to a page on National Geographic that has live feed of a Bald Eagles nest. Watch Bald Eagles Hatch Live. Two nesting bald eagles in the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington D.C.—lovingly nicknamed “Mr. President” and “First Lady”—have been watching a pair of eggs since mid-February.
The first of the two eggs began hatching this week. Watch the progress in the above live stream provided by the American Eagle Foundation. The site also cautions that since this is a live view of wild animals “anything can happen.” And since the birds are thought to mate for life, next spring might bring yet another addition to the avian first family.
Have a wonderful day!