December 26, 2013

Cruising the beach

Cruising the beach by ricmcarthur
Cruising the beach, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.
There was a lot of activity along the beach after a day of heavy surf, well actually waves here on the Great Lakes.
There were at least three bald eagles moving back and forth along with a good number of the large gulls.
I went down to see if I could get a few photos.
This immature bald eagle came up off the beach and circled out over Lake Erie before flying off.
We get eagles regularly bur seldom within camera range.

Scientific stuff
Haliaeetus leucocephalus
The Bald Eagle dwarfs most other raptors, including the Turkey Vulture and Red-tailed Hawk. It has a heavy body, large head, and long, hooked bill. In flight, a Bald Eagle holds its broad wings flat like a board.

Had Benjamin Franklin prevailed, the U.S. emblem might have been the Wild Turkey. In 1784, Franklin disparaged the national bird’s thieving tendencies and its vulnerability to harassment by small birds. "For my own part,” he wrote, “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. … Besides he is a rank Coward: The little King Bird not bigger than a Sparrow attacks him boldly and drives him out of the District.

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