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Wild Ideas: The Bald Eagle

For such a powerful bird, this raptor emits a wimpy-sounding call.

Watch this majestic bird soaring along Arkansas lakes and rivers, especially in during winter. Pesticides such as DDT and wanton killing of birds of prey made it a rare sight, but as a protected species, it has made a comeback in Arkansas and across the nation.

Known for piracy, it will go after an osprey’s catch, harassing the bird in midair until it drops its prey for the larger bird to snatch. Fishing mammals and even people have lost their bounty to this raptor.

Benjamin Franklin disparaged its thieving tendencies and wished the wild turkey had been chosen as the national emblem. What bird is it? The bald eagle.

You can visit arkansasstateparks.com to find winter eagle watching tours.