American Bald Eagle Collage
Photograph - Digital
From Florida Birds Collection by artist Dawn Currie
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The majestic American Bald Eagle - a collage of Eagle portraits photographed in various locations around central Florida.
American Bald Eagle (haliaeetus leucocephalus): The Bald Eagle has been the national emblem of the United States since 1782 and a spiritual symbol for native people for far longer than that. These regal birds aren't really bald, but their white-feathered heads gleam in contrast to their chocolate-brown body and wings. Look for them soaring in solitude, chasing other birds for their food, or gathering by the hundreds in winter. Once endangered, Bald Eagles have flourished under protection.
This Bald Eagle was photographed near Titusville, Florida. Eagles, like all birds, have color vision. An eagle's eye is almost as large as a human's, but its sharpness is at least four times that of a person with perfect vision. The eagle can probably identify a rabbit moving almost a mile away. That means that an eagle flying at an altitude of 1000 feet over open country could spot prey over an area of almost 3 square miles from a fixed position.
November 5th, 2013
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