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The Mystical Eagle

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  The Eagle has the longest life span among birds. It can reach 70 years of age, but must make ard adjustments. In it's 40's, it's long, flexible talons are no longer able to grab it's prey; it's long sharp beak becomes bent; and it's old aged and heavy wings, due to it's thick feathers, become stuck to it's chest and make it difficult to fly.

 

The eagle is left with two options - DIE or go through the painful process of cange, which can take as long as 150 days! The process requires that the Eagle flies to a mountaintop and sit on it's nest. There, the Eagle knocks it's beak against a rock until it plucks it out. The Eagle will wait until a new beak grows back and then it will pluck out it's talons. Wen the new talons grow back, the Eagle will begin to pluck out all its old feathers. After approximately five months, the Eagle takes it famous flight of re-birth and lives for 30 more years.

 When it rains, most birds head for shelter; the eagle is the only bird that, in order to avoid the rain, starts flying above the clouds.

  An amazing tidbit about the Eagle's eyesight:  The eagle can probably identify a rabbit moving almost a mile away. That means that an eagle flying at an altitude of 1000 feet over open country could spot prey over an area of almost 3 square miles from a fixed position.