Where Eagles are as Common as Robins
Friday, July 02 2010 @ 10:53 AM EDT
Contributed by: jkr
Further along, two eagles soared and swooped as if they were members of the Air Force Thunderbird Precision Flying Team, and we learned their synchronized flying was part of a very complex mating ritual. Later we passed by a massive eagle's nest and were fortunate enough to see a Mother in Residence. Elsewhere, I kept peering through my binoculars at what seemed to be a brown woodchuck but it remained so still I knew it wasn't a mammal. I turned to a fellow traveler for a consult and learned that adolescent eagles don't get their white head feathers for awhile; it was a teen eagle that had captured my attention. Stunning.
When we returned to the ship, I was grateful for an Internet connection so I could get some answers to my questions about eagles as a symbol of America. As we near the time for Fourth of July celebrations, this is a perfect moment to share with you what I have learned about our national bird, the bald eagle.
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