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Haliaeetus leucocephalus

Haliaeetus leucocephalus
Photo Information
Copyright: Jim Costello (bullybeef53) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 33 W: 5 N: 197] (943)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-03-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM, Canon 77mm UV Filter
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Eagle, Newfoundland Wildlife [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-03-25 15:13
Viewed: 3487
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
“Haliaeetus leucocephalus”or Bald Eagle is the name of this photo. It was taken at Quidi Vidi.
Some facts include:
Bald eagles can fly to an altitude of 10,000 feet. During level flight, they can achieve speeds of about 30 to 35 mph.
Bald eagles weigh from ten to fourteen pounds.
Eagle bones are light, because they are hollow.
Bald eagles have 7,000 feathers.
Longevity - Wild bald eagles may live as long as thirty years.
Bald eagles sit at the top of the food chain
Lifting power is about 4 pounds.
Diet - Mainly fish, but they will take advantage of carrion (dead and decaying flesh).
The bald eagle is a strong swimmer, but if the water is very cold, it may be overcome by hypothermia.
Hunting area varies from 1,700 to 10,000 acres. Home ranges are smaller where food is present in great quantity.
All eagles are renowned for their excellent eyesight.
Nests are built in large trees near rivers or coasts.
As you can see their Wingspan ranges from 72 to 90 inches.

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Ah, we post the same today! Love the wings spread in flight and the fan of the tail feathers. I can even see the nails on the talons - great for ripping things apart. Unusual view, but I like it!

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