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The Bald Eagle

American Symbol Has Amazing Life Story

 

January 15, 2014 | View PDF



This is amazing! It is no wonder there are scriptural references to the eagle. And, no wonder the bald eagle has such a significant symbolism to our country. What hope!

Focus On Rebirth

The eagle has the longest life span of all birds; it can live up to 70 years. But, to reach this age, an eagle has to make a hard decision.

In its 40s, its long and flexible talons can no longer grab the prey that serves as its food. Its long and sharp beak becomes bent. Its old-age and heavy wings, due to the thick feathers, become stuck to its chest and make it difficult to fly.

Then, the eagle is left with only two options: die or go through a painful process of change that lasts 150 days.

The process requires that the eagle fly to a mountain top and sit on its nest. There the eagle knocks its beak against a rock until it plucks it out. After plucking it out, the eagle will wait for a new beak to grow back, and then it will pluck out its talons.

When the new talons grow back, the eagle starts plucking its old-age feathers.

And, after five months, the eagle takes its famous flight of rebirth and can now live for 30 more years.

Other Eagle Details

• When it rains, most birds head for shelter; the eagle is the only bird that, in order to avoid the rain, starts flying above the clouds.

• An amazing tidbit about the eagle's eyesight: The eagle can probably identify a rabbit moving almost a mile away. That means that an eagle flying at an altitude of 1,000 feet over open country could spot prey over an area of almost 3 square miles from a fixed position.

- From An Anonymous Ornithologist

When it rains, most birds head for shelter; the eagle is the only bird that, in order to avoid the rain, starts flying above the clouds...

An amazing tidbit about the Eagle's eyesight: The eagle can probably identify a rabbit moving almost a mile away. That means that an eagle flying at an altitude of 1000 feet over open country could spot prey over an area of almost 3 square miles from a fixed position.

 

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