Wondering Why?

Why do eagles fly alone?

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Eagles belong to a class of called ‘raptors’ more colloquially referred to as birds of prey. Raptors are amongst the most majestic creatures in sky, they have been studied for centuries in the development on the aviation industry. They are known for their mystical wings and unmatched eyesight.

Eagles are solitary creatures, so are most birds of prey, they are natures ultimate hunters in the skies. They do not flock or engage socially other than when they are courting. Their courting ritual itself is very riveting. They swoop and chase each other, they lock talons and free fall to the ground separating just before impact. They are serial monogamists, they only part with their mate after their death.

They are deemed as apex predators, once fully grow they are not preyed upon by any other, neither of their own species or any other.

The bald eagle can fly and glide to a height of 10,000 feet,and still spot a rabbit sized figure from that height! It is one of nature’s most extraordinary constructions, the eagle eye, capable of keeping focus and tracking a multitude of objects over such a large distance. Their retina is said to have 5 times more light sensitive cells per square millimeter, close to 1million/mm2.
Their claws or talons are curved, sharp and very strong. They also need to be rough to hold slippery prey down, once caught since the eagle cannot use its wings to help much except when in flight, the claws and beak have to do most of the tugging and tearing. This takes sufficient time and effort which is why eagles tend to eat alone as well.

Eagles and other birds of prey choose to fly solo, they avoid being scrammed with smaller birds that draw unwanted attention and disturb their flight patterns. They have a habit of hunting and surviving on their own, truly the complete predators.

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