I haven't published a photo essay in a while so - here goes...

The Bald Eagle has been an indelible part of American culture for centuries. Even before it was crowned our national bird, it was sacred in many Native American cultures and a symbol of courage, wisdom, and strength.

While they are at the top of the food chain, they haven’t always had it easy. In 1900 there were 200,000 bald eagles in the USA. In 1960 there were only 800 left. In 1978 they were put on the endangered species list.

By 2007 the species had come back but they still face many threats - all of them man made:

  • Habitat destruction

  • Lead

  • Electrocution

  • Algae born bacteria

  • Illegal hunting

The bald eagle was chosen June 20, 1782 as the emblem of the United States of America, because of its long life, great strength and majestic looks, and also because it was found only on the North American continent.

It's the most famous bird in America because it's our nation's symbol - “It is said the eagle was used as a national emblem because, at one of the first battles of the Revolution (which occurred early in the morning) the noise of the struggle awoke the sleeping eagles on the heights and they flew from their nests and circled about over the heads of the fighting men, all the while giving vent to their raucous cries. "They are shrieking for Freedom," said the patriots.

Fun Bald Eagle Facts:

Female bald eagles are larger than males

Bald eagle nests can weigh more than a ton

Bald eagles can live for 20 years in the wild

Eagles can reach speeds of almost 35mph when gliding

A bald eagle's wing spread can measure seven feet

Bald eagles tend to weigh less than 14 pounds

Bald eagles have no sense of smell but they do have the sense of taste

Bald eagles can look out of two sides of one eye

All the images posted here were made using the Olympus cameras and lenses.

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