The Bald Eagle

The Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) is a bird of prey found in North America that is most recognizable as the national bird and symbol of the United States.
Its range includes most of Canada and Alaska, all of the contiguous United States, and northern Mexico. It is found near large bodies of open water with an abundant food supply and old-growth trees for nesting.

We began our Eagle Handling day by taking out the largest bird they had to fly from the glow.

You will see the bird as a small dot in the sky when it falls down towards you. After a while you are realizing that it will not make any more circles, the feet are spread out first and the bird is actually on "final approach" toward your arm.

Safely landed.

Here, the bird is coming in from the side rather than from above. Easy to illustrate why you should stand with your shoulder towards the bird and your arm outstretched, as it approaches. You do not want the bird in your face if it misses the landing.

Good landing.

The Bald Eagle is a large bird, with a body length of 71-96 cm, a wingspan of 168-244 cm, and a weight of 3-6.3 kg. Its diet consists mainly of fish, but it is an opportunistic feeder. It hunts fish by swooping down and snatching the fish out of the water with its talons.

And taking off.