If given a choice, I would spend hours amid the solitary grandeur of nature. I recently had the unique opportunity to gaze at a Bald Eagle’s massive nest. A few days later I am still in awe at this rare occurrence. I not only viewed the magnificence of the size of the nest, but also spotted America’s national bird resting in the nest.
I was in a wooded area and approximately 300 yards away from the nest when my camera lens captured this photo.
According to eagle nesting facts: bald eagles mate for life and upon courtship begin searching for a suitable site to build a nest.
An eagle’s nest is usually about 6 feet in diameter and 3 feet tall, and weighs 2 tons. Each year the adult pair will add 1 to 2 feet of new material to the nest. They use the same nest year after year.
The largest recorded bald eagle nest, located in St. Petersburg, Florida was 9.5 feet in diameter and 20 feet tall and weighed almost 3 tons!
It is amazing to ponder the patience and determination taken to build such nests, stick by stick.
In 1787 the American bald eagle was officially adopted as the emblem of the United States of America.
Bald eagles are protected under the National Emblem Act of 1940. They are further protected under the Endangered Species Act with stiff penalties imposed for killing, harassing, possessing or selling bald eagles.
Look up and let me know what you view soaring high in the sky …
Until next time with more Sweet Conclusions,