Bald Eagle talons locked at Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve

In Imagesby Matt Shetzer

Bald Eagle talons locked at Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve

Two bald eagles lock talons in the snowy Alaskan wilderness at Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. “Talon clasping” or “cartwheel display” is a unique behavior exhibited by bald eagles. Eagles will clasp talons inflight and spin down to the ground, letting go just before landfall. It is a thrilling sight to behold as eagles can reach speeds of 30 mph during flight and dive at speeds upwards of 100 mph. This act may be part of a courtship ritual, as bald eagles select their partner. Or it may be an act of territorialism, proclaiming who rules the roost. Action shots like this are seen often on our photography workshops to the Chilkat River Valley.

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Bald Eagle talons locked at Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve was last modified: February 21st, 2018 by Matt Shetzer