Bald Eagle – A Survivor

A couple weeks ago, Osprey Bella began alarming loudly to Beau perched nearby.  I looked at Bella’s eye direction and saw the Bald Eagle coming towards her and me.

The Eagle, as most do, was just passing overhead in his travels from one destination to another.

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Bald Eagle with one leg


No matter how many times I see an Eagle, each additional time is just as exciting.

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Bald Eagle with one leg


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Bald Eagle with one leg


If you noticed my photo captions, this Eagle has only one leg.  It wasn’t until I reviewed my photos days later that I noticed this.

I hesitated on sharing these photos because I didn’t want to portray sadness or upset anyone.

But this isn’t what I see.

I see what I saw that day I photographed it, a magnificent, gorgeous Eagle in flight across the beautiful blue skies.  And I see a celebration of life of the wild.

My hope is you see that too.



49 thoughts on “Bald Eagle – A Survivor

  1. Looks like the bald eagle is flying strong with just one leg, and that is the key to the bird’s health…getting food. This majestic creature is doing just fine. And what fantastic photos, Donna!

  2. He is beautiful. He looks healthy and is soaring…I wish I was up there with him. Lovely photos.

  3. What a magnificent discovery Donna, it encourages us to make the most of what we have got not complain about what we do not have, by comparing to what others have. If he was born this way, he would consider it as normal that all Eagles only had one leg and so adapt to the difference. Encouraging post Donna!

    • Thank you, Ashley. To be honest, he has been very inspiring to me, I’ve not been able to get him out of my mind since I viewed his photos. And his appearance couldn’t have been at a more appropriate time. I think Someone above set me up… 😉 It’s been hard moving on from my accident, but things are a whole lot better than they were. And I am so thankful for that. 🙏 I’m ready to start living again, I am excited for summer!

  4. This majestic bird exudes power and gallantry of a hero returning home from a war. I see a symbol of patriotism and love for the Country. My mind takes me beyond the reality.
    Your photos are representing our USA, proud and aloft the heavens. Thank you, Donna. 🙂

  5. Beautiful photos of a magnificent bird. I am always amazed by how well birds adapt to losing a foot, after my initial sadness when I recognize it.

  6. I often see birds or other wildlife that have been injured, but survive and even thrive despite their injuries. Like you, I hesitate to post photos of the injured creatures, but in many cases when I can show that the injuries aren’t life threatening, I do. These are great images, and they show that the eagle is a survivor!

  7. You captured a rare sight. And, it doesn’t look like there is a scar or remnants of an injured leg. I wonder if that was a genetic anomaly. Breathtaking.

    • I agree! Cool article on the crow rider. I’ve photographed little birds harassing an Eagle many times, some even ‘hitting’ the Eagle, but never a rider, how neat! Lifetime shot! 🙂

  8. When I see people or animals with obvious defects that do not seem to prevent them from doing what they are meant to, I am always touched and inspired. Your eagle photos make me feel the same way, Donna.

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