Wildlife Wednesday - A job for every creature

This week:

A job for every one

Oddly enough, this picture was taken in our yard. The Bald Eagle fought off the vultures and grabbed the fish.  It was pretty wild to watch this going on in our own back yard. We found it to be extremely exciting.

Last year, we were leaving the neighborhood and were thrilled to find another bald eagle just hanging out on a limb. We watched in amazement as he surveyed all around him in the majestic style that the species is known for.

The bald eagle, the national bird of the United States of America, was brought almost to the point of extinction in the 1970’s. Laws were passed to protect them, and in 2007 they were removed from the Endangered and Threatened Species list. They remain a protected species under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.

The number of nesting pairs of Bald Eagles in the Southeast, more than doubled between 1981 and 1993 with the largest concentration of those being in Florida.

It is easy to see how we can stand in awe and amazement at such a creature. There is just something about the Bald Eagle that simply demands respect.

They are unique. They are powerful. They are beautiful.

The photo shows that, even from a distance, the talons of the eagle are weapons meant for destruction. They kill their prey with the sharp clawed talons, swooping down to grab fish right out of the water.

Once in a while, they will drop one, and that is when the vultures swoop in. Although graceful in flight, the vultures are often regarded with distain. They eat dead things.

But, what if we didn’t have vultures? They play such an important role in nature.

In our World of Animals book from Master Books, we learned that the vultures sense of smell is so keen, they can smell a dead animal from high above the trees. Unlike the Bald Eagle, the Turkey Vulture is actually bald with a bright red face.

God knew we needed vultures to take care of the dead in nature. He has a job for every creature he created. They aren’t always pleasant jobs, but they are all important.  It may be more exciting to watch the beautiful Bald Eagle, but it would be much less enjoyable if there were no Turkey Vultures in the world!

Read fascinating information about the American Bald Eagle here.

Read more about the Turkey Vulture here

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Comment by Lisa Boyle on February 28, 2013 at 12:06am

What a blessing to see these majestic birds up close!

Comment by Kathy Balman on February 14, 2013 at 4:11pm

cool photos

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