This bald eagle soars across an Alaska river with its wings extended completely. The full wingspan of these creatures, tip-to-tip, ranges from six to seven feet. These birds look quite fearsome when they are rapidly flying towards you with their wings extended.
This bird is searching the Chilkat Preserve in Alaska for food to scavenge. The Chilkat Preserve is 48,000 acres of protected land near Haines, Alaska. The preserve is home to one of the healthiest populations of Bald Eagles in the United States. Conservationists estimate that there are somewhere between 35,000 and 50,000 Bald Eagles remaining in the U.S. The once-endangered species has seen a recent recovery in numbers thanks in part to conservation efforts like the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve.
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