|A beautiful sight|
The Endangered Act was created in 1973, coincidentally, the same year DDT was officially outlawed. And on July 4th, 1976, it became official. The bald eagle was put on the endangered list in 43 states. Since then, the numbers have increased significantly. In 1995, it was upgraded to threatened, and in 2007, it was taken off of every endangered list.
|Job well done|
When I first saw this nest, it took my breath away. The sheer size of it was unbelievable. Eagles will use the same nest for up to 5 years, adding on to it every year. Some nests can get up to nine feet in diameter and weigh up to 2 tons. The largest nest found in Florida is 10 feet wide and 20 feet deep. With eggs the size of goose eggs, they need a big nest. The only bird of prey that's larger than the eagle, is the California Condor.
Usually, the eagle will lay 1 to 3 eggs, days apart. And she'll lay her eggs anywhere from 5 to 10 days after copulation. During incubation, there's a parent on the nest 98% of the time. Then, in about 35 days, the chicks will hatch in the order they were laid.
Unfortunately, 40% of them don't survive that first flight. And up to 1/2 will die in their first winter, due to poor hunting skills. But, if a young eagle can survive these early obstacles, they can live up to 30 years, in the wild.
|A juvenile bald eagle. Their heads won't be completely white until they're 5 yrs. old|
|Surveying his kingdom|