Think of the 4th of July festival in the United States and you automatically think of all the things associated with that country. Fireworks and flags, Elvis, rock and roll, cowboys and vast expanses of prairie perfect for galloping (ok, maybe that’s just me!), and above all, the magnificent, haughty, beautiful American Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucephalus). These are truly beautiful birds; on one occasion I was allowed to hold a very pleasant and surprisingly snuggly one on my wrist. I was surprised at the size, power and muscle of this creature, even though it displayed adorable traits of dorkiness, wanting treats and much bumping of human nose to aquiline beak. Apparently it’s a happy, snuggly eagle thing.
A magnificent Bald Eagle in flight. Here, it has grabbed a fish with it’s enormous talons. (Image by Yathin S Krishnappa Public Domain)
I wouldn’t ever have the heart to tell…
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