It has been an amazing day working with this beautiful young eagle. Juneau came to us some two years ago, as an untouched young eagle and over this period she has become a very obedient girl.
The Eagle experience is a popular choice by Guests who want to experience the larger raptors, they are shocked to find that these predators are so large and heavy, that they struggle but it really is a thrill, especially for all adrenaline junkies who want to spend time flying and being up, close and personal to these amazing birds.
Juneau is one of our larger eagles here at the conservancy and one of the most exciting to fly.
1) It takes up to 6 years for a bald eagle to become a adult eagle ready for breeding. The colour of the white head and tail comes with maturity.
2) Only native Americans can legally own a feather from a bald eagle in the USA. It is a Criminal Penalty of up to $10,000 for anyone else who keeps a feather or disturbs a Bald Eagle.
3) Bald eagles live on salmon, cutthroat trout and also a variety of mammals and birds.
4) The bald eagle is a member of the sea eagle, which include Steller’s Sea Eagle and African Fish Eagle.
5) Bald eagles have relatively short wings and short legs in comparison to other species of eagles. This enables them to take off of the water with prey.
6) Of the species of eagles available, the bald eagle is one of the most aggressive and greedy species. To train and fly one of these, the falconer needs to be relatively experienced in training eagles.
7) The bald eagle makes the largest of all nest in the bird of prey world at a staggering 9.5 feet in diameter, 20 feet deep and weighs almost 3 tons. Breeding pairs will continue to go back and breed again over many years in its nest and pair bond for life.
8) The Bald Eagle has been the National Emblem of the United States since 1782.