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The bald eagle swoops down towards to the lake, about to pounce on the unsuspecting salmon. This piece is inspired by my observation of bald eagles catching fish during my research trips along the waterways of Alaska and Ontario.
On my Iowa farm, I've found I can get hundreds of eagle photos (along with many other scavengers) by putting trail cameras around deer carcasses, on which eagles love to feed.
– Larry Zach
The bald eagle has been the national emblem of the United States since 1782 and a spiritual symbol for native people for far longer than that. Immature birds are all brown, not gaining their white heads and tails until maturity, usually at the age of 4 or 5. Once very rare in the lower 48 their populations have made a great recovery and are now commonly found in Iowa and other parts of the Midwest.
(To learn about how the bald eagle recovered from being endangered and about today's conservation efforts, check out this episode of Untamed from PBS.)