Bald Eagles near Mulholland light
The bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) is a bird of prey found in North
America. A sea eagle, it has two known sub-species and forms a species pair
with the white-tailed eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla). Its range includes most
of Canada and Alaska, all of the contiguous United States, and northern
Mexico. It is found near large bodies of open water with an abundant food
supply and old-growth trees for nesting.
The bald eagle is an opportunistic feeder which subsists mainly on fish,
which it swoops down and snatches from the water with its talons. It builds
the largest nest of any North American bird and the largest tree nests ever
recorded for any animal species, up to 13 ft deep, 8.2 ft
wide, and 1 metric ton in weight. Sexual maturity is
attained at the age of four to five years.
Photo 133d, Campobello NB, Oct 2013