06 April, 2011

A-Z Blogging Challenge: E Stands For: Eagles

How could I resist?

The Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos is one of t...Image via Wikipedia

Eagles are part of the bird family Accipitridae, and there are over 60 different species of eagle. The word "eagle" is derived from the Latin word "aquila", which may come from the word meaning dark-colored, swarthy, or blackish, referring to the eagle's feathers.

The Golden Eagle, or Aquila Chrysaetos (trust me, I never considered going around with the name Aquila chrysaetos) lives across North America, Eurasia, and parts of Africa, with its densest nesting populating living in Alameda County, California. Its size ranges from 70 to 85 cm/2 ft 4 in to 2ft 9 in in length, and the wingspan is 185 to 220 cm/6 ft 1 in to 7 ft 3 in. The species was first described in 1758 by Linnaeus. It is part of a worldwide superspecies with Verreaux's Eagle, Gurney's Eagle, and the Wedge-Tailed Eagle.

The Bald Eagle, the national bird of the USA, is a kind of sea eagle. It lives across the entire United States (in theory--people have driven them out in a lot of areas thanks to habitat destruction and so forth), parts of Canada and Alaska, and in northern Mexico. It was put on the list of threatened species on July 12, 1995 thanks to a dramatic drop in population numbers, but was then removed from it on June 28, 2007. (Hooray!)

Technical details aside, I love these birds because they're beautiful creatures. It's amazing to watch any bird fly--but I find something special about eagles. Their grace in the air, the way they dive, their proud, noble expressions. They're just amazing birds.


*sighs happily*



Do you have a favorite eagle? Is there a kind of animal that you love?

-----The Golden Eagle
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Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi, Golden,

Your eagle post and pics are truly fascinating. I would have to say the Bald Eagle is my favorite eagle. They are so proud and stoic.

I LOVE all animals, but the Polar Bear I am greatly concerned about. So noble creatures are on the endangered list now.

Jules said...

We have Bald Eagles here in KY and I agree just a gracious looking bird. :)
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

N. R. Williams said...

My favorite bird if the eagle, we have bald eagles here. In my book I have giant eagles and they can talk...cool. I stole that idea from Tolkien.
N. R. Williams, The Treasures of Carmelidrium.

Ann said...

Eagles soar so gracefully. We have a pair of Eagles who nest in our neighbourhood. Love watching them.

I didn't know there were 60 differnt species. I never really thought about it.

My favorite animal is the horse. Running free and gracefully in teh wind.

Pearson Report said...

You're right when you say watching a bird fly is amazing - not twenty minutes from where I live a bald eagle has set up camp; I can't help stopping and spending time watching what it is up to when I find myself driving by.

Truly a majestic creature, I can see why they are written into literature - there is something very magical and mystical about them.

Excellent post and tribute to eagles.

Smiles from Jenny!

klahanie said...

Very interesting and evidently, more bald eagles live in Canada than in the U.S.A.
My favourite Eagle is Don Henley :)
I have great concerns for the baby seals.
In kindness, a guy who already know the alphabet, Gary :)

Tiger85 said...

Well I'd have to say that my favorite eagle is the Bald Eagle. My favorite animal is Tigers. =)


TheyCallMeVarmit said...

Really nice post with a lot of things I didn't know! I do not have a fave eagle, I find them all gorgeous. Great post!

TheyCallMeVarmit said...

Really nice post with a lot of things I didn't know! I do not have a fave eagle, I find them all gorgeous. Great post!

L.G.Smith said...

One of my many jobs over the years was as a naturalist in a state park. We boasted having the only pair of nesting bald eagles in the state of Colorado at the time. They migrate here every winter, but very few stay year round to breed.

Love bald eagles!

Misha said...

Honestly, I never gave much thought to eagles before. I have always been scared of them. So thank you for this post! It made me appreciate them more.

Dani said...

I have never seen one in real life, but we have lots of falcons and hawks where I live.

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Siv Maria said...

Both eagles and hawks are beautiful birds. I love to watch them soar through the sky. I love all animals on and off land. I find koala bears especially fascinating and who does not love dolphins?

Lauracea said...

Golden eagle every time - majestic, well I guess all eagles are majestic.
Once again a super-educative post. Love it. Can we have owls soon? I love owls :-)

Chantele Sedgwick said...

I've always LOVED eagles. Ever since I was a child. They are beautiful, and graceful, and freaking amazing! Thanks for this post! So fun to learn more about them. And I had no idea there were 60 different species! Crazy!

M Pax said...

I just watched a documentary on the black eagle in southern Africa the other day. My cat really enjoyed it. There was also some lynx like cat in it. Can't remember the name. So, she really dug that show.

Charles Gramlich said...

Such gorgeous creatures.

ali said...

Golden, you are just, well, GOLDEN. Those are stunning birds ~ so not a surprise that you would associate yourself with them.

the writing pad said...

Lovely birds, but only seen them on TV / photos as we don't have them in most of the UK (only Scotland). Amazed to hear there are 60 different species ...
And yes, you had to do Eagles, really, today :-)
Enjoyed the post - thanks
All best

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I would expect nothing less than many eagles here today!

Josh Hoyt said...

Great post and pictures. I would have to say the great horned owl is pretty amazing. When I was younger I would hike in the mountains and one day I came upon a cave where one had nested. There were several eggs and I was able to watch them until they had learned to fly. Very amazing experience.

Krispy said...

The golden eagle is one of my favorite birds, and I like eagles for the same reasons you described. I also just like birds in general. Haha.

It's hard to pick one favorite animal, but as of right now, I'd have to say it's the wolf.

iZombie said...

fantastic photographs..

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Old Kitty said...

Oh lovely birds - fantastic, regal, beautiful, haunting, truly magnificent!! I love em!!!!! All of them!! Yay for fabulous eagles!! Take care

M.J. Fifield said...

Eagles are so beautiful. I love the whole birds of prey family, especially peregrine falcons.

Ju Dimello said...

Beautiful creatures..majestic ! And I love them!!!!!

To the extent that I'm planning a paranormal novella with "falcon" shifters!

Following you from A-Z challenge!

RaShelle said...

Beautiful pics. Fun post. Favorite animal? Mmmm, there are soooo many. =D

li said...

Eagles are gorgeous and fierce creatures! have been watching a couple of bald eagles and fledglings on a livecam at Ustream, very cool. I also like that they mate for life!

Marie Rearden said...

An animal that I love...hmmm...that is a toughie, isn't it? :)

Your eagles are beautiful. So majestic. Birds kinda scare me (seriously. I think they evolved from dinosaurs), but they're works of art from far away.

Now what was that animal...

Thanks for sharing!

Marie at the CHEETAH

Cally Jackson said...

They are truly amazing creatures, aren't they? When I was young, I used be obsessed with polar bears. Now, the only animal I obsess over is my little dog, Lucy!

Liz P said...

Eagles really are fine birds. I think I saw one once around where I live, but we really don't see them too often. Mostly we have hawks, which are pretty cool to see in action, circling over the tree tops looking for their next meal.

nutschell said...

I think eagles are beautiful, majestic creatures. I would have to say my favorite eagle is the Philippine Eagle. I'm really sad these spiky-topped, amazing creatures are endangered.

Emily Rose said...

What majestic birds they are. I remember seeing them in the Philadelphia zoo (they were injured and unable to return to the wild) and just thinking how incredible they were. I love the wedge tail eagle!

Elliot Grace said...

...love your choice for the "E" word. I'm fanatical over those birds of prey. Locally my favorite is of course the Bald, but I'd challenge anyone to google the incredible Harpy Eagle from South America, armed with the largest wingspan in the species.
Amazing creatures:)


Theresa Milstein said...

Sounds like the perfect letter in the alphabet for you to post about. I like hearing why you're drawn to these birds.

The only animal I can think of at the moment is cats. I think mine may be my muse since she usually sits on my lap when I write. At the very least, she's a leg warmer.

The Words Crafter said...

I love eagles and falcons. They're so majestic and amazing and graceful.

Trisha said...

Eagles are totally awesome! Yay!!

Except we have a footy team called the West Coast Eagles and they are my EEEENEEEEMY! :P

Alleged Author said...

It's amazing how graceful they are even though they are so BIG! :)

Tomara Armstrong said...

There's something ancient in their eyes... they know far more than they are letting on.

Anonymous said...

I love the bald eagle. We have hawks here. Now and then they will nab one of my little ducks or chickens.

Bz said...

Wonderful choice of pictures, truly amazing animals! I share your passion for eagles, they are outstanding! I like your post!
Also, nice to meet through the A-Z challenge :) hope to see you around!

Talli Roland said...

Beautiful. Eagles are so proud and powerful. Thank you for the pics!

GigglesandGuns said...

I'm partial to the American Bald Eagle but all of their faces have such attitude. They say "Yes, I'm beautiful but don't mess with me."


Margaret Hall said...

Can't pick a favorite eagle, because there hasn't been an eagle I've seen that I don't love! They are so majestic, aloof, and seem to be so darned endangered~! I just am in awe of them, actually...
Thanks for sharing and love the photos!

Now on to "F" for fractals...


The Golden Eagle said...

Michael: They are!

It's so sad that so many animals are endangered--much of it thanks to human activity.

Jules: There are a few eagles around here, but I don't see them very often. It's a treat to see them perched or flying in the area. :)

Nancy: I love the eagles from Tolkien's book!

Ann: I love watching any bird of prey. :)

Horses are amazing animals!

Jenny: How cool!

I wonder if eagles will have their day? There are werewolves already . . . okay, so that's probably not going to happen.

Thank you!

Gary: I'm not surprised. The USA sort of drove them out of the country except in a few areas thanks to DDT, other pesticides, and habitat destruction.

LOL. Don Henley? ;)

Seal populations are going down--way down. There are only 1,300 Monk Seals left, and other species are in danger.

Tiger85: It's a beautiful eagle!

Tigers are awesome.

Varmit: Thank you! :)

L.G.: Being a naturalist must have been amazing! And to have the only nesting pair? Wow.

Misha: You're very welcome! I'm happy to spread the word about the birds.

Dani: There are hawks and falcons 'round here, too--they're just as amazing to watch.

Siv: Certainly not me. Dolphins are so smart, and I always smile at their expressions.

The Golden Eagle said...

Lauracea: I'm glad you enjoyed the post! :)

Owls? Hmmm. You know, I haven't scheduled my "O" post yet.

Chantele: I agree. :D

You're welcome!

I would have thought there were more, actually . . . LOL.

M: LOL. Cats do like watching their own kind, don't they? And if you add in things that fly, watch out! ;)

Black eagles are amazing birds.

Charles: They are.

Ali: Aww, thank you. :)

Most of the reason I chose the name was in tribute to the birds--I'm not sure I share that many qualities with eagles.

Karla: I once watched a show about eagles in Scotland--it was one of the best Nature programs I've seen. :) It's too bad you don't have them in the rest of the UK, though!

You're welcome!

Alex: Will you be posting about any animals?

Josh: Thank you!

It does sound amazing! It must have been so nice to be able to watch them develop like that.

Krispy: I love birds, too. :)

Wolves are so cool!

iZombie: Glad you liked them!

Old Kitty: Each sort of eagle does have its own sort of charisma--smaller or larger, they all have that majesty. :)

M.J.: Peregrines are such agile fliers--they dive so fast!

Ju: That sounds like an awesome book! We need more birds of prey in literature. ;)

The Golden Eagle said...

RaShelle: Thanks!

LOL. I love a lot of different animals, too. :)

Li: Thank goodness for UStream! :D

That is a major difference; a lot of bird mates separate after the breeding season.

Marie: Yup, they did evolve from dinosaurs . . . RAWR.

Just kidding.


Cally: Awww. :)

Liz: That's the way it is around here, most of the time--although there seem to be more coming into the area, which is awesome.

Nutschell: The Philippines Eagle looks so different from the others, with its feathers like that. :)

Another endangered species?


Emily: I've seen them both in the wild and in the zoo--either way, they're so impressive!

Elliot: I watched a Nature documentary about someone who had a Harpy Eagle. It was amazing to see--this guy with a HUGE gray eagle on his arm. :)

Theresa: Glad you enjoyed the post!

I used to love cats . . . but that sort of faded. :P

The Words Crafter: Exactly! :)

Trisha: LOL. Well, that's pretty much bound to happen; a lot of teams seem to take on animal names!

Alleged: They are surprisingly graceful. :)

The Golden Eagle said...

Tomara: I love their eyes. :)

Niki: Oh dear! I hope they don't steal too many.

Bz: Thank you!

Nice to meet you, too.

Talli: You're very welcome!

Mary: LOL. There is some attitude in the way they look, and look at you.

Margaret: It's so sad that many of them could become extinct, if their habitat is destroyed and they keep getting killed by things like DDT.

You're welcome! Glad you liked the photos.

Stratoz said...

well of course E stands for Eagles! You reminded of a wonderful person who has faded from my life, here name: Aquila