National Geographic : 1933 Jul
THE EAGLE, KING OF BIRDS, AND HIS KIN altitudes that they appear as mere specks against the blue The turkey vulture is a well-known spe cies that is particu larly adept in this art. In fact, it finds this method of progres sion so adapted to its needs that frequently it remains in its roost through the day when the air is heavy and still. The falcons have longer, more pointed wings, that enable them to fly with great speed, and, though they may enjoy soar ing, they do not prac tice this so constantly as the other hawks. The larger species can capture the swiftest flying sandpipers and ducks on the wing without the slightest difficulty. THE DUCK HAWK IS A DESPOT OF THE AIR The flight of the du c k hawk, perhaps the best known of the falcons, is truly exhilarating to watch, as it is executed with a dash and vigor that mark it from that of all other birds. On the Bear River marshes, at the northern Lake, in Utah, I have s in observing this falcon, ing and when at play. The birds at rest per lows, or on logs or bits they had clear view of life about them. Whe dashed across the open fl striking ruthlessly at an peared, from small san ducks. Their appearance in tl the signal for chattering from blackbirds and av AL Photograph by W. L. Finley and H. T. Bohlman MOST READY TO LEAVE HOME This young golden eagle is about ready to fare forth from the eyrie, which has been his home for two months, and start learning how to make a living for himself out in the world. His parents are stern but effective teachers, and when they finally drive him away he will be well versed in the lore of the wild. end of Great Salt their bird neighbors on the watch. These pent many hours warnings had little effect, however, as the both in its hunt- duck hawk, killing practically at will, was truly despot of this realm. ched in low wil- I have seen this falcon dash through s of drift, where closely massed flocks of flying sandpipers, the teeming bird striking out two or three with as many n hungry, they thrusts of the claws, allowing each bird ats at high speed, to drop and then wheeling swiftly to ly birds that ap- seize the falling prey in mid-air before it Idpipers to large reached the ground. Again, I have seen one in a stoop, swift almost as light, knock he air was always a redhead duck to the ground, where it g cries of alarm landed with a broken wing and other ocets that put all injuries.