SNN (ScrollingNetworkNews) ✿ ✿ Our Mel and Sydney returned to their nesting box with plenty of bonding occurring..but after 2.5 months of Sydney in the box from Dec 2013 to mid Feb 2014, the lack of prey gifts from Mel ( perhaps due to the severe and historic drought underway in California)and they have forgone the nesting process this year as many other raptors ✿ Compared to other owls of similar size, the Barn Owl has a much higher metabolic rate, requiring relatively more food. Pound for pound, Barn Owls consume more rodents – often regarded as pests by humans – than possibly any other creature. ✿ We remind viewers that sometimes owlets may not survive - the parents will dispose of things in "The Owl Way" -viewer discretion is advised, this is nature and the "Owl way". ✿ ~ ✿ “Animals, like us, are living souls. They are not things. They are not objects. Neither are they human. Yet they mourn. They love. They dance. They suffer. They know the peaks and chasms of being.” ― Gary Kowalski, The Souls of Animals ✿ Each species is a masterpiece, a creation assembled with extreme care and genius." ~ E.O. Wilson

Monday, November 19, 2012

Majestic Birds

The majestic Bald Eagle is a large and powerful bird of prey.
The scientific name, Haliaeetus, means “sea eagle” and leucocephalus translates as “white head.” Though the eagle’s white head may look bald to some, the word “bald” actually comes from the old English word for white.

 There are 59 species of Eagles in the world, but the Bald Eagle and Golden Eagle are the only eagles found in North America. The Bald Eagle does not occur outside of North America.

Eagles use a combination of scavenging and hunting to secure their food supply.
Adults are more likely to kill live prey, whereas juveniles rely mostly on scavenging and piracy (snatching food from other birds.) Bald Eagles primarily eat fish, but also feed on sea birds and mammals. When hunting, eagles will often target sickly or wounded individuals. Eagles also scavenge for carrion, and feed upon road-kill, or dead fish. Rivers with salmon that have died after spawning attract high number of eagles.
A hungry eagle will eat almost anything, and eagles will not hesitate to steal a meal from other birds as seen in these photos