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By Janine Rogers

A logo of strength, divinity, conflict, and justice, the eagle has been probably the most dominant birds within the human mind's eye for millennia. Exploring the wealthy historical past of this chicken and its portrayal in artwork, movie, literature, and poetry, this booklet examines how eagles turned an emblematic creature that still embodies the paradoxes of our existence.

Janine Rogers finds that whereas people affiliate eagles with mild and studying, additionally they attach the birds to loss of life and corruption. Eagles embellish flags, crests, and different logos, yet as she exhibits, they've got additionally been relentlessly persecuted and perceived as predatory threats to cattle. whereas contemplating those contradictions, Rogers argues that eagles have suffered from the consequences of human actions for years, from pesticide use to habitat destruction and worldwide warming. She demonstrates the hazards of now not saving eagles from destruction, as they're key to controlling pest populations and clearing carcasses. that includes many illustrations of eagles within the wild, artwork, and pop culture, Eagle shines new mild on our advanced courting with those birds, their overseas importance, and the dire implications of wasting them to modern ecological threats.

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The impressive height of eagle flight is usually produced by thermal soaring, where they ride pockets of warm air rising up from the earth. In mountain ranges, winds that strike mountains are diverted upwards and these updrafts provide soaring opportunities; eagles and other raptors take advantage of these lifts, particularly during migration. Soaring is an important aspect of the imaginative associations that many cultures have with eagles. They are often associated with the sun, which may be an unconscious observation of the fact that soaring activities occur when there is sun warming the air and causing it to rise upward, creating a current on which the birds can soar.

In another common cross-cultural motif, eagles are often believed to have privileged access to heaven, an otherworld or the realm of the dead. 19 During the funerals of Roman emperors, eagles were ceremonially released to take the soul up to the gods. The eagle’s role as intermediary between the worlds of the living and the dead is seen in Prometheus’ punishment of having his liver ripped out by an eagle on a daily basis, effectively placing him between the realms of life and death. He is eternally dying, and the eagle is the agent of this liminal state.

46 Eyries are made of sticks, weeds, sod and assorted organic materials and they can be used for decades. Some are massive: since nests are often ‘renovated’ annually they tend to Bald eagles on a beach in Alaska. Their nest is located close to the shoreline. 37 increase in size over the years. The nests of bald eagles tend to start at about 5 ft across and 2 ft high, and there are reports of nests being almost 10 ft across and 20 ft high after years of inhabitation. 48 Many eagle species bring greenery to the nest; this practice has fascinated ornithologists for years and they still are not completely sure why the birds do it.

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