Eagles seem to wait a lot. Well it’s either that or feeding or you know what.
It took an insanely long lens to get the bird this large on the frame: 600mm plus a 1.4 teleconverter on a crop sensor camera for a total of 1275mm, insane. Good thing the eagle was patiently waiting for the Sun.
It is estimated that in the early 18th century, the bald eagle population was 300,000–500,000. Within 50 years bald eagles were driven nearly to extinction through hunting, DTT, and loss of prey. Commercial trapping and killing of bald eagle and golden eagle were prohibited in 1940. After the elimination of DTT and the hunting ban, bald eagles recovered and are no more threatened. It is estimated that about 70,000 bald eagles currently live in North America, half of them in Alaska.
In the US it is illegal to possess bald eagle feathers. Bald eagles cannot be kept legally for falconry in the United States.
The bald eagle appears on the seal of the United States of America an is the national bird and the national animal of the US. Benjamin Franklin did not care for the bald eagle as the nation’s symbol. This is what he had to say about it’s feeding habits:
“For my own part. I wish the bald eagle had not been chosen the representative of our country. He is a bird of bad moral character. He does not get his living honestly.”