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Bald Eagle — The Water Connection

While fishing, Bald Eagles are “scoopers” rather than “hover-divers.” Upon seeing a fish, an eagle will drop from its perch, fly low over and parallel to the water, then pluck the fish with its talons from near the surface. Eagles also will wade in water to catch fish.

An eagle’s talons are raspy-rough on the bottom with sharp projections on the toe pads, in order to grasp and hold on to slippery fish. The eagle’s massive hooked bill tears open a fish with ease.        next page >>

ML Reeb writer: Laurence Wiland design: T. Yao