Bald Eagle
Haliaeetus leucocephalus
Bald Eagle
Haliaeetus leucocephalus

A very large bird with a wingspan of 80 inches, in the family of fish eagles, the Bald Eagle feeds mainly on carrion and dead fish, as it also catches live fish, birds and mammals.  This threatened species major source of mortality is humans as they were most commonly shot and their decline was enhanced later by the use of DDT affecting the density of egg shells.  With the ban of DDT and laws protecting them they have recovered to an increasing population since the 1970’s.
They reach breeding age at four to five years, nesting in tall trees, up to 180 ft. above ground.  Immatures may wander from as far south as Florida to north Michigan and birds from California to Alaska.

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