~ For The Joy of Animals: Bald Eaglets

Spring is a time of rebirth and wonder.  And watching a new generation of Bald Eagles come into being on live feed eagle cam at Norfolk Botanical Gardens, Virginia and Decorah, Iowa is an awesome celebration of this rite.  Warning it is addicting to watch these magnificant beings up close.

From The Eagle, Our National Emblem by Maude M. Grant:

It is said the eagle was used as a national emblem because, at one of the first battles of the Revolution (which occurred early in the morning) the noise of the struggle awoke the sleeping eagles on the heights and they flew from their nests and circled about over the heads of the fighting men, all the while giving vent to their raucous cries. “They are shrieking for Freedom,” said the patriots.

Thus the eagle, full of the boundless spirit of freedom, living above the valleys, strong and powerful in his might, has become the national emblem of a country that offers freedom in word and thought and an opportunity for a full and free expansion into the boundless space of the future.

Bald eaglet — symbol of our nation, born anew.
Nurtured under a sheltering wing.
It awkwardly stumbles forward.

 (Decorah, Iowa Bald Eagle nest)

Bald eaglet — thriving amid harsh, buffeting winds.
Nourished with patient care.
It bravely learns nature’s way.

(Decorah, Iowa Bald Eagle nest.  Note there is a third eaglet in the background virtually unmoving.)
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