Special Feature: Birds of Prey
by Antoneah Armour, age 13
The bald eagle is one of the most impressive sights to behold in all of nature. It is no wonder that it is a symbol and national bird of the United States.
This magnificent bird is commonly found near lakes and rivers. They live near wetland habitats to make best use of their terrific vision while hunting fish, water birds, or small mammals.
Bald eagles have brown wings and a yellow bill, but the bird’s most distinctive feature is its white head. The legs of this bird are feather-free, while its toes are short and powerful with large talons. Eagles use their back talon like a nail to pierce its prey, whereas its front talon is used to carry the prey.
These eagles build very big nests, usually using large sticks. Bald eagles are known to mate for life. A mated pair of eagles may use the same nest for several years.
[Sources: Southern Wisconsin Atlas and Field Guide; Atlas of North America]