[Tweeters] bald eagle payload

Hal Michael ucd880 at comcast.net
Sat Feb 27 06:54:38 PST 2016


A thing to consider when talking about what a raptor can carry is what I learned from a presentation given by falconers. The Osprey, which would let you fish with a raptor, always flies off with its prey. The rest of the larger species, anyway, kill the prey and consume on the ground if it is too large. In this manner, a Golden Eagle can kill a Pronghorn. So that baldie could easily kill the dog but would try and eat it there.


Hal Michael
Science Outreach Director, Sustainable Fisheries Foundation
Olympia WA
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In regards to my earlier post about reading an eagle could carry nine pounds, obviously another example of believing if I am reading it somewhere reputable it must be true...nope! Or maybe I just plain mis-remember it...quite possibly the real truth.

At any rate, thanks Dan and Bill.

Dianna Moore

Ocean Shores




-------- Original Message -------- Subject: [Tweeters] bald eagle payload
Date: 2016-02-25 22:27
From: Bill Anderson <billandersonbic at yahoo.com>
To: "tweeters at uw.edu" <tweeters at uw.edu>


I read that a bald eagle can only carry a four pound payload. I am inclined to believe that, as I once photographed one of the Lake Ballinger eagles struggle to carry a dead coot across the lake.
Bill Anderson; Edmonds, WA. USA



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