American Bald Eagle

How high can a Bald Eagle fly?

portfolio1 portfolio2 portfolio3 portfolio4

Hunting Birds

Hunting with a camera that is. Birds are fascinating to watch and try to find. Let's start exploring....


Animals are intriguing to look for and watch in the wild. They come in all shapes and sizes. What do you know about the animals you see?....

Hydrothermal Features

Yellowstone National Park exist today because of it's 10,000+ features....

Water of Yellowstone

If you visit Yellowstone National Park water will be a key resource of your visit....

small portfolio1 small portfolio2 small portfolio3 small portfolio4
themed object
Learning opens doors, step throught them.
get in touch

America's National Emblem the Bald Eagle

Bald eagle adult standing guard over an eaglet

American Bald Eagle parent standing guard outside the nest where the chicks are watching. Seen in Woodstown, New Jersey.

The adult bald eagle, pictured on the left in the above picture, stood guard over a nest of older eaglets almost ready to fledge. As the current year's eaglets get older, one parent will stay in the general area of the nest but move further away with time.

The American Bald Eagle is America's national emblem, protected by law. Because of DDT usage in the 50s and 60s, the number of nesting pairs dropped almost to less than 450. Once the use of DDT was stopped and the birds were protected by law, there are, as of 2020, 71,400 nesting pairs. What a success story! A new danger has arisen. The large wind turbines are now killing Bald and Golden eagles that get to near them and get sucked into the blades.

Eagle flying off a tree near the Madison River in Yellowstone National Park

Eagle flying off a tree over the Madison River in Yellowstone National Park.

The Bald Eagle's distinctive white head, neck, and tail make it easy to spot. It has a brown chest. Bald Eagles have been confused with ospreys. The osprey has a white head with a strip of brown in it but a white chest and brown tail.

The male eagle is slightly smaller in height, wingspan, and weight than the female. This differs from most birds, where the males are usually bigger and prettier.

Juvenile bald eagles have a mixture of brown and white with a black beak. They do not get white feathers until they are about five.

This eaglet was seen in the Woodstown, New Jersey, area.

Juvenile Bald Eagle on nest

Juvenile Bald Eagle is stretching its wings. Getting close to fledging.

Bald Eagle bringing a stick for the nest.

Parent eagle bringing a stick in to refurbish the nest.

The parents mate for life and are both involved with raising the young. Here, one parent brings nesting material to prepare for the hatching of the young.

Bald Eagles mate for life. As they start nesting, they usually build two or three nests. One is their primary nest, and the others are called alternates. If something happened to the original nest, they would move to a second location. Nests are built in the tallest trees that are close to water since their main food is fish. They will eat carrion.

It can take one to three months to build a nest. The female brings in material and arranges the sticks. They may alternate between the various nests that they have built or reuse the same nest over and over. They refresh the nest when reused, growing the nest into an impressive structure.

Guinness World Records lists the 1963 St. Petersburg, Fl. Nest is the largest bird nest in the world. It was created by a pair of Bald Eagles and measured 9 feet 6 inches (2.9 m) wide and 20 feet (6 m) deep. It was estimated to weigh 4,409 pounds (two tons).

Bald Eagles feed mainly on fish, but I have seen one carry home a snake. Because of their diet, they live along the coast and on major lakes and rivers. This picture was taken just to the east of the Mississippi River. One winter, I saw at least 60+ eagles, the best I could count, along the river just south of the Clark Bridge in Alton, IL.

Parent eagle bringing food home for the family

Both parents feed the eaglets. One is always at or near the nest. The other goes off for several hours and will return with food.

Bald Eagles can fly at 10,000 feet (15093 kilometers) and achieve speeds of about 30 - 36 miles per hour (48 - 58 kilometer per hour) in level flight. They can see fish from several hundred feet in the air, and they see in color. While their eyes are almost the same size as a human's, they are four times as sharp.

Eagles also hunt from tall trees. When catching a fish, the eagle swoops down and grabs it with its very sharp and strong talons, often just getting a few tail feathers wet.

Ospreys, on the other hand, will hover over a spot where they think they see a fish and then plunge into the water, getting their whole bodies wet.

Eagles weigh about 10.5 pounds (4.76 kilogram) and can stand 34-43 inches (86 to 109 centimeters) tall.

Magestic American Bald Eagle

American Bald Eagle resting on a tree branch. The eaglets were old enough that the guard parent would move a safe but further distance from the nest.

slide up button

Please note that all pictures displayed on this site are for educational purposes on this site only.

Please link people to this page if you want them to see the image(s).

If you have a need for these pictures please follow the link below to purchase a print or click
here to email Awareness Productions to discuss usage of a picture in your project(s).

All images are registered by Fay Yocum. All Rights Reserved. No rights granted unless in writing by Fay Yocum

To view more pictures or purchase pictures by Fay click here.