Saturday, January 3, 2015

Raptors in Cages in Photos etc Pt 3

Continuing the project of birds of prey in captivity my third post features the Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus. The Bald Eagle is a Fish-Eagle found in the Nearctic and it has counterparts in many other regions of the planet including parts of Scotland where we have the White-tailed Eagle Haliaeetus albicilla. This is a magnificent two ways about it. Even when enclosed in a pen it is still stately, majestic and powerful. Just look at the stance and aggression shown by the bird in the first image which was taken at the ICBP at Helmsley in Yorkshire back in September.
I have seen this bird in the wild back in the day in Florida, hunting fish, not surprisingly, in the Everglades. A place I remember as being full of Alligators and mosquitos: both of which bite people whenever they can. These pictures are of an adult bird which can be identified by its white head and white tail and the yellow bill. I'm not certain how common this species is in captivity, but I have only come across this one individual. I would imagine that they take some serious looking after if they are to be kept healthy and in good shape. Never a bird for a falconer...unless you want to hunt fish!

No 3: Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus

Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus. Looking for trouble!

Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus. Artistic interpretation

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