So it’s not unusual to see a bald eagle at any time of the year. I am always amazed, “Look! A Bald Eagle!” as if I’ve never seen one before. I watch them soar on thermals without a flapping a wing on a summer’s day, and resting in trees by the side of the five lakes nearby.
Today, we returned home from Omak on the somewhat snowy and treed Highway 155. It looked less snowy than this and is only two lanes, but imagine looking out the window at the road at sixty miles an hour.
And Whooosssshhhhh, a bald eagle swoops down passing eye level over the road in front of you, probably for a meal of rabbit in the forest off the road. There it is for a blink of an eye, in its full majesty: and huge.
Until the raptor is directly near you, its size is deceptive. It’s wing span is six to seven feet! Taller than me! Taller than my husband! It stands about 30-40 inches tall, that’s about a yard– on an adult, that’s about from your right shoulder to the tip of your finger on your outstretched left arm. So they would stand several inches below a man’s waist. Coming down from a dive, this eagle could have been slowing down from one hundred miles an hour, although they soar at thirty-fifty miles an hour.
So, the next time I see an eagle soaring or eyeing the lake for fish while sitting in a tree, I’ll remember how huge, graceful, and powerful they really are.
What animal in your area amazes you?
Bald Eagle Info [Minnesota]
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