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Tender moment or just a stretch? While it is easy to anthropomorphize that these two bald eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) are sharing a tender moment, most likely the eagle with the outstretched wing is simply stretching. The eagle also might be cooling off. Bald eagles do not sweat so to control their body temperature they often extend their wings. A bald eagle has approximately 7,000 feathers.
Bald eagles mate for life unless one mate dies. In Alaska, wild bald eagles have been known to live as long as 28 years. Bald eagles are known for acrobatic courtship rituals.
During late fall, bald eagles congregate along the Chilkat River to feed on salmon. This gathering of bald eagles in the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve is believed to be one of the largest gatherings of bald eagles in the world.
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