This week’s photo, taken September 9, 2014 at Discovery Park in Seattle, WA, features an adult BALD EAGLE standing on one of its favorite perches, as it begins to tear into a large fish.
Benjamin Franklin, one of the most famous Founding Fathers of the United States, was upset when the Bald Eagle was selected as the national symbol. Franklin, who voted for the turkey (no kidding), said, “I wish the eagle had not been chosen as the representative of this country. He is a bird of bad moral character; he does not get his living honestly.”
He’s referring to the fact that Bald Eagles often steal food from other birds or mammals, and even sometimes from people who are fishing. Maybe the eagle pictured above snatched the fish out of the Puget Sound with its huge talons; thus, obtaining its meal the old fashioned way, by earning it. Or perhaps it took its catch from a cormorant or an osprey. But, whether the eagle is a species of good or bad moral character, it’s enjoying a seafood breakfast now.
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