Sunday, January 9, 2011

MAJESTIC BIRDS










THE BALD EAGLE

The bald eagle it’s a pleasure to watch
The soaring eagle’s flight
Appears to be in slow motion
Its appearance is unmistakable
By its white head and white tail
set against the backdrop of its beautiful,
Plush, deep chocolate-colour body
Those eagles can be found thought out
Northern Mexico, Continental United States
also Alaska and Canada

The bald eagle was chosen June 20, 1782
As the emblem
Of the United States of America
Because of its long life,
a Great strength and a Majestic looks
In the 18th Century American settlers
Gave the bald eagle its name,
Thinking it was the same
As the Sea Eagle, the one found in Europe
like other birds,
The Eagle has been affected
By the widespread use of pesticides
But thanks to several states
Those have been breeding bald eagles
For the first time in years,
The efforts to revive
These majestic birds breeding
have been successful.

Bald Eagles can get up
To twenty nine to forty two inches long
Weigh seven to fifteen pounds
With a wing span of six to eight feet
Eagles can live around forty years in the wild,
And longer in captivity
Females are larger than males.
Bald Eagles residing in the northern U.S.A
are larger than those that reside in the south.
Bald Eagles live near large bodies
Of open water such as lakes,
Marshes, seacoasts and rivers,
Where there are plenty of fish to eat
And tall trees for nesting and roosting.
Bald Eagles feed primarily on fish,
But also eat small animals
Like ducks, coots, muskrats,
turtles, rabbits, snakes, etc..
Occasional carrion (dead animals)
They seldom dive vertically on their prey,
Preferring to descend more gradually
And snatch fish, rabbits, etc.
With their feet applying
Approximately one thousand pounds of pressure
Per square inch in each foot
They can carry about half their weight.
Their diving speed is estimated
At seventy five
To one hundred miles per hour
And around forty four miles
Per hour in level flight
They can fly to altitudes
Of ten thousand feet or more,
And can soar aloft for hours
Using natural wind currents
And thermal updrafts
Their keen eyesight
Allows them to spot fish
At distances up to one mile
Eagles swoop down to seize a fish
In their talons and carry it off…
Bald Eagle Scientific name is…
“Haliaetus leucocephalus”
Meaning -’Sea eagle with a white head’
The Bald Eagle is the only One*
That is native to North America.

January - 2011
By Zuzanna Musial

2011© Zuzanna Musial

2 comments:

Boonchai said...

Thanks for sharing this very nice tips.

Zuzanna Musial said...

Dear Boonchai, thank you for the lovely comment!

Best wishes from Zuzanna