Innocence and beauty as seen on these pictures is somehow in contrast with their known might and supremacy.
These proud warriors from Free Eagles and Vultures Pictures not only rule the sky but also represent the stunning beauty of wild nature.
Eagles, or at least some of the species belonging to this family of birds are among those most admired if not “revered”.
Undoubtedly throughout the history - their power, fearlessness, imposing look and lightning speed of precise attacks on prey made them the models for warriors.
No wonder that eagles in all kind of graphical forms are found not only on heraldic symbols, but also on flags and national symbols of many countries.
Among Native Americans, the privilege to posses and /or carry eagle’s emblems like for example a tuft of feathers was restricted to the most fearless and distinguished warriors.
There are several species of eagles ranging from as small as 500g (1.1lb) Serpent Eagle to 9 kg (19.8 lbs) Harpy Eagle (female’s weight,- the male is smaller weighting only up to 5 kg (11 lbs)).
American bald eagles.
The most known in North America are the Bald and Golden Eagles. They are still considered as threatened species recovering from the “endangered” status thanks to the government protection programs.
It is interesting to note that in the past the word “bald” meant “white” therefore the name Bald Eagle does not implies “Hairless” eagles – to the contrary Bald Eagles have a beautifully shaped white head.
Alaska and Northern British Columbia is a home to almost half of the world’s (North America’s) population of bald eagles. This is due to the abundance of salmon in America’s north-western rivers.
Exhausted after a long way up the rivers and streams to the hatching grounds, dying or already dead, salmon is simply an easy prey for eagles.
Golden Eagles do not differ much from the Bald eagles. A bit larger in size with an impressive wing-span of up to 2 meters (7 ft) they have a yellowish-brown feathers on the back of the head and neck.
The biggest and most powerful predators (raptors) - Harpy Eagles live in South America. These days Harpy Eagles are mostly extinct in the vast areas of the southern continent they dominated in the past and can be found only in remote areas of the Amazon basin far from humans – by far the most efficient and by that fact the most dangerous predators ever living on Earth.
On the other side of the spectrum – the African Serpent Eagle is as small as a pigeon and contrary to our perception of high-flying kings of the sky it mostly walks in search of snakes, lizards of frogs. Even more confusing – and African Vulturine Eagle steers clear of meat being primarily a vegetarian!
Eagles as the true warriors are quite different even from many other prey-birds. They have a powerful build, large head with big hooked beak, strong muscular legs and talons – all necessary attributes for tearing-off flesh from a prey. Also, what distinguishes many birds of prey; eagles have excellent eyesight allowing them to spot the potential target from far away while being “invisible”.
This remarkable capability comes from almost 5 times higher density of light-sensitive cells in their retina compared to the human one and two foveae (centers of focus) allowing eagles to simultaneously see forward and to the side.
That makes them so deadly-efficient in their hunting skills because once they focused on the target and start falling like a stone it is usually too late for the poor prey to escape the destiny.
Eagles usually lay two eggs, however once chicks are hatched the stronger one (usually female) kills the weaker sibling with kind of “parents permission”. Sad to say but this is brutal example of the Natural Selection at work and although we meet with multiple harsh forms of natural selection on a daily basis it is still not an easy fact to “swallow”.
After this first step of natural selection the life of young survivor is still quite difficult and not free of dangers. Although eagles like all predators, are born with all necessary killer-instincts, they still have to learn the skills with as the first step – a flight. The sad fact is that only slightly more than 50% young eagles survives this test and then the first winter only adds to the bill.
I hope you enjoyed the Free Eagles Pictures so beautifully capturing apparent innocence of these ferocious warriors. You rarely can see them from so close, so please take this opportunity offered by The Amazing World in Free Stock Pictures and Photos.
Free Vultures pictures give you the chance for a personal encounter with these species of a rare beauty. Sad truth is that Vultures due to their scavenging way of living evoking many negative emotions are usually rejected as a kind of "undignified" creatures....
Aren't they beautiful? BTW - a widely respected, popularized by the song "El Condor Pasa" - an Andean Condor belongs to the family of Vultures as well.
These birds of stunning raw beauty love soaring for hours and hours. For them it seems to be more an effortless pleasure than a search for a "meal"....
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