The Bald Eagle: A Majestic and Ironic National Symbol

Alaskan Bald Eagle

Every afternoon like clockwork we’d watch this female bald eagle emerge from her nest outside Seward, Alaska, to wait for her errant partner to return with food for the family. We rarely saw the male or the two eaglets whose heads would only sometimes pop above the rim of the nest, but we could always count on mama to take this same afternoon perch.

We’re told that bald eagles mate for life and return to the same nest year after year. Each breeding season the couple adds to their home and builds the largest tree nests of any animal. The nests grow so large, up to a metric ton in weight, that they’ve been known to take down the tree in which they’re built. Fitting, wouldn’t you say? 

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4 Comments on “The Bald Eagle: A Majestic and Ironic National Symbol”

  1. Touring NH November 27, 2013 at 8:33 am #

    Wonderful picture of mama. Maybe you’ll be able to catch a shot of the eaglets having a snack. The size and weight of their nests is incredible.

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  2. Learned Maasai November 27, 2013 at 10:32 am #

    Reminds me of the African Savanah

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  3. Gunta November 27, 2013 at 5:28 pm #

    To add to the sentiment in your last sentence, there’s Ben Franklin’s take of our national symbol as being a thief, stealing fish from other birds.
    http://phillanoue.com/2013/11/05/whos-fish-is-it-anyway/

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  4. lidipiri November 28, 2013 at 12:16 am #

    Beautiful in her behavior and in her stance. Thanks for bringing her to us!

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