Bald Eagle Bath Time
This image of a Bald Eagle (called Bill) taking a bath, was captured at the Lake District Wildlife Park, at Keswick in Cumbria.
As the national emblem of the USA, the Bald Eagle is easily recognised in mature plumage. Although they can be observed stooping from heights of 100m in order to catch prey, their most frequent tactic is to sit on a branch and watch & wait.
They are a strong, bold bird who is not averse to mugging others in order to gain an easy meal. Bald means devoid of colour i.e. white.
Their wing span is approximately 5ft+.
The bald eagle is a powerful flier, and soars on thermal convection currents. It reaches speeds of 56–70 km/h (35–43 mph) when gliding and flapping, and about 48 km/h (30 mph) while carrying fish. Its dive speed is between 120–160 km/h (75–99 mph), though it seldom dives vertically.