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1] Article: To Fly Like An Eagle

2] Article: To Hunt Like An Eagle

3] Eagle’s Nests: Misc Eagle Trivia

4] Birthing Eagles: Eagle Trivia

5] Coming To Birth: Word To Ponder

6] Breaking Forth: Eagle Trivia

7] Eagle Scriptures

8] Eagle Feathers: Trivia

9] Article About Soaring Eagle’s & Psalm 13

10] Article About A Golden Eagle

11] Eagle Flight: Eagle Trivia

12] A Word to the Eagles

13] Eagle Eyes: Eagle Trivia

14] Eagle Other Senses: Eagle Trivia

15] Eagle Beak: Eagle Trivia

16] Eagle Talons: Eagle Trivia

17] Eagle Pair: Eagle Trivia

18] Eagle Territory: Eagle Trivia

19] Eagle’s Hunting: Eagle Trivia

20] Article on Fishing Eagles

21] Other Misc Eagle Trivia

22] Note From Sandy About Eagle Trivia

23] References To Footnote Trivia Numbers





Eagle Facts & Parables of Mentoring


By Sandy Warner




Isaiah 40:31 KJV

But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.


Deut 32:11-12 NKJV

As an eagle stirs up its nest, hovers over its young, spreading out its wings, taking them up, carrying them on its wings, so the LORD alone led him, and there was no foreign god with him.


As most of you know, eagles have been classified in the prophetic world as being symbolic of the prophetic. I recently did some research about eagles and was fascinated with how the information correlated with our training up as Christians and also the prophetic giftings.



Did you know that eagles must LEARN to fly and hunt and are taught by OBSERVING their parents? These skills are not instinctive like some of God’s creatures. However, eagles are born with a different instinct called imprinting. Konrad Lorenz first discovered imprinting when he observed ducks and geese hatching out of their eggs. He noticed they would bond with the first moving object they saw, regardless of whether this was their parent. From that first moment of imprinting, they follow their moving parent (or adopted parent) until raised. (It is interesting that Paul said, "Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ." 1 Cor. 11:1)


The concept of imprinting is fascinating. Bird shelters that rescue eagle eggs, must hand feed them with an eagle puppet so that the eagles do not think they are human and end up resisting their own kind when it is time to mate. In Kondrad’s imprinting studies, he saw one egg hatch near a rolling ping pong ball. When the duck grew old enough, it tried to mate with anything that was round and rolling. One group of ducklings imprinted on his moving boots. In the morning when he would go outside to put on his boots, instead of being in their nest, the ducks were curled up and sleeping on his boots. They followed Kondrad - everywhere his boots took him.



In this concept of imprinting, it is easy to see the importance of both newborn Christians and also newborn prophets needing proper Christian and prophetic role models. Anything that ‘moves’ in the name of Christianity, is not necessarily the right standard to follow. (Mat 7:22,23, 5:24, 2 Tim 4:3,4)


Like the eagles, a Christian’s foundations of learning to fly and hunt must be learned, and the adoptive parents play an important part in this. Flying in a Christian’s life is faith to rise above circumstances. Hunting is searching for the manna or bread from heaven, to grow strong and healthy. At first the role models feed the young, then they must learn to find food for themselves. "Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it." (Prov 22:6)


There is an old adage, "Give a person a fish, and he has food for a day. Teach a person to fish, and he has food for a lifetime." One aspect of being taught is learning to listen and then applying it. The young learn this by watching older ones model something, then they mimic it themselves until they develop their own skills. "Listen, my child, to what your father teaches you. Don't neglect your mother's teaching. What you learn from them will crown you with grace and clothe you with honor." (Prov 1:8-9




An important aspect of teaching, is for the older ones to take the time to explain HOW they came to their conclusions. If they are sharing something from the Lord, they can take the time to explain what went on behind the scenes, building bridges of communication, so that the young can also learn how to come up with their own conclusions when the time comes. When the older ones simply give the meat (the Word of the Lord) without giving them the scripture, vision, dream, life examples, the answers to prayer, the thought processes that went on behind the scenes… etc… then the young are forced to either swallow or reject the food without question. And the Word becomes fish for a day. But if the young are led in what went on behind the scenes, then they learn to apply their own conclusions and also learn the roads of revelation and faith in receiving food from the Lord by themselves.


The best teacher is a role model. Jesus taught by living among the people, showing them how to do what He did and teaching them about His Father Who was the Source for everything in His life. He taught people through stories in their current surroundings, so that they could see the practical and apply it to the spiritual. The best kind of teachers are those who are transparent and learn to let go of their dignity and masks. They are simply real, living people, sharing from their own hearts and lives… the triumphs and the pitfalls of every day living, and how relationship with our Heavenly Father makes a difference. (John 10:2-4)


We may think that we are not mature enough to teach anyone. This is not true. I spent a long time praying for mature leadership so that we would have enough godly role models to raise the harvest when it came. And the Lord brought me an answer I did not expect. If you watch a baby in a room with other people, you will notice that if there is a toddler in the room, the baby’s eyes will follow the moving toddler. If there is a grade schooler in the room, the toddler will watch the moving grade schooler. The younger will automatically bond and follow whatever available age is older than its own. I noticed this is like imprinting! God has placed within our lives, an instinctive bonding that each level of maturity looks up to, following and mimicking the next available level above it. When the harvest comes in, a one day old Christian can reach a non Christian with his own story of how God found him. The one week old Christian can share the scripture that jumped off the page with the 2 day old Christian. And so it goes, until we all grow into the full measure and stature of Jesus Christ. (Eph 4:13)



The movie called "Fly Away Home" is a wonderful true story of how a little girl rescued some duck eggs from an excavation project and brought them home to hatch. After hatching they followed her everywhere and she found out as they were growing that these ducks would not survive unless she taught them to fly and took their migration south for the winter. This prophetic story is a remarkable feat of how she taught them to flap their wings and eventually fly and how she led them on their first migration to escape the bitter cold. If she could fly them south, they would find their own way back home in the spring by the same way she took them, and then be able to take the following winter migrations without her. All the subsequent "children" of those first ducks would be able to follow their parents on their own first migration and the cycle would continue.


When a baby eagle fledges (loses its fluffy baby down and grows flying feathers) a parent will hover over the nest and flap its wings. As the fledgling stretches for food, it mimics the parents and flaps its newly feathered wings. The subsequent wind that the parent makes, will cause the baby to rise slightly above the nest as the baby is also flapping its own wings. These are its first flights - inches above the floor of the nest, usually at about 8-10 weeks old. The fledging makes vigorous wing stretches and exercises and is very hungry. It weighs about one pound more than its parents because it needs the excess to survive the next stage of training which is hunting - outside the nest.



Sometimes when a young eaglet is fearful of taking its first flight away from the nest, a parent will withhold food to force it out. This is similar to what happens to those who have been closely mentored and the Lord says its time the "fledglings" got their wings. The fledglings find their mentors increasingly unavailable and or are told to try and hear the Lord for themselves.


I read of one experience written by Frances Hamerstrom who spent her life studying wildlife. This was her observation of a fledgling’s first flight. I thought it a remarkable parable of our lives with the Lord. The following is a quote from her book, "An Eagle to the Sky" (1970).


"The.....eaglet was now alone in the nest. Each time a parent came flying in toward the nest he called for food eagerly; but over and over again, it (the parent) came with empty feet, and the eaglet grew thinner. He pulled meat scraps from the old dried-up carcasses lying around the nest. He watched a sluggish carrion beetle, picked it up gingerly, and ate it. His first kill.


Days passed, and as he lost body fat he became quicker in his movements and paddled ever more lightly when the wind blew, scarcely touching the nest edge; from time to time he was airborne for a moment or two.


Parents often flew past and sometimes fed him. Beating his wings and teetering on the edge of the nest, he screamed for food whenever one flew by. And a parent often flew past just out of reach, carrying delectable meals: a half-grown jack rabbit or a plump rat raided from a dump. Although he was hungry almost all the time, he was becoming more playful as he lost his baby fat; sometimes, when no parent bird was in sight, he pounced ferociously on a scrap of prairie dog skin or on old bits of dried bone.


The male eaglet stayed by himself for the most part. He was no longer brooded at night. Hunger and the cold mountain nights were having their effect, not only on his body but on his disposition. A late frost hit the valley, and a night wind ruffled his feathers and chilled his body. When the sunlight reached the eyrie's (the brood in a nest of a bird of prey) edge, he sought its warmth; and soon, again, he was bounding in the wind, now light and firm-muscled.


A parent flew by, downwind, dangling a young marmot in its feet. The eaglet almost lost his balance in his eagerness for food. Then the parent swung by again, closer, upwind, and riding the updraft by the eyrie, as though daring him to fly. Lifted light by the wind, he was airborne, flying--or more gliding--for the first time in his life. He sailed across the valley to make a scrambling, almost tumbling landing on a bare knoll. As he turned to get his bearings the parent dropped the young marmot nearby. Half running, half flying he pounced on it, mantled, and ate his fill."

[end of Frances’ quote]


I thought that story a profound parable of our journey with the Lord. When it’s time to leave our nest of comfort and learn to fly, we get so hungry for the Lord that we are willing to leave our comfortable surroundings and abandon old childhood habits, all for the taste and fill of strong meat dropped from heaven. Strong meat is not easily palatable, but when one becomes hungry enough, it is.


Frances’ recording was a heroic first flight. Most often an eaglet will take its first flight to a nearby tree branch, or stump. It will glide back to the nest if possible. Otherwise the parents continue to bring food wherever it perches. It is at this time it breaks the infant bond with the nest. (However they have discovered in the imprinting studies, that mated eagles will return to the nest or within close proximity to the nest and raise their own family.) One month after leaving the nest it has learned to soar and climb with the winds. It takes an eagle 4-5 years after this to become an adult eagle.



An eagle learns to soar by using thermal currents of air. These warm air patterns are created by the surrounding terrain. They will spread their wings and their tail feathers and let the wind carry them to new heights, then glide down to catch another upward thermal. Soaring saves an eagle energy because it does not have to flap its wings as often.


When I think of wings, I consider them to be parables of our wings of faith. Faith is a heart condition where we stretch out and reach toward the Lord, while the winds of His Spirit holds us afloat. When we flap our wings, we are vigorously exercising our faith through works, based upon what we believe the Lord has told us. And when we soar, we are resting in our trust in the Lord and letting Him carry us amidst the surrounding terrain. The Lord teaches us through faith, how to rise above difficulties and hindrances in our life. We learn how to rise high enough to gain His perspective on what is below. As I was praying about the concept of soaring with wings as eagles I heard the Lord say that we want a formula. He said there is no formula, only to abide in Him. (John 12:46, 14:16, 15:4,6,7,10)


I was interested in the role of the tail feathers for landing and maneuvering in flight. It stabilizes the eagle and is actually used like a brake when landing, just like an airplane. It tilts back and forth, up and down, depending upon the need. I felt that this parable was a significant part of our relationship the Lord - learning how to put on the brakes when needed. If you notice the scripture says, those that WAIT upon the Lord shall mount up with eagles wings. (Isa 40:31) It seems like that is the hardest lesson in life, to learn to wait upon Him and not do something in our own strength. Sometimes He wants us to wait because it is a matter of timing, like for instance we are losing our baby fur and growing eagles wings. But other times He wants us to wait upon Him because He wants to carry us so we don’t suffer burnout in flapping our wings! The truth is, when one learns to abide in Him, they learn the secret of waiting upon Him for everything they do. (John 5:19 "Then Jesus answered and said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.")


May we all learn to become better role models and teachers and students - and may we all learn to abide in Him in everything that we do. "And all of us have had that veil removed so that we can be mirrors that brightly reflect the glory of the Lord. And as the Spirit of the Lord works within us, we become more and more like Him and reflect His glory even more." (2 Cor 3:18 NLT)


May we wait upon the Lord to renew our strength; and may our faith mount up with wings as eagles so that we may run, and not be weary; and walk and not faint. Amen.








Part Two Eagle’s posting - The Various Stages of Hunting for Food


by Sandy Warner





A baby eagle’s first lesson in hunting comes right after hatching. In other bird species, the mother will eat the food, then regurgitate the partially digested contents, and individually place the food in the baby’s gaping mouth. However a mother eagle shreds pieces of fresh fish or meat with her beak, then coaxes her young to take the raw morsel. She does not put the food directly into its mouth like other birds, because this is the eaglet’s first lesson in hunting. She offers the food over and over again, until the baby finds the prey, grabs it, then takes it for its own.


This is similar to how the Lord trains us. The Lord promises us in both the Old and New Testaments that we shall find Him IF we seek Him. (Jer 29:13-14, Luke 11:9-10) These promises reveal that we have an active part in being fed by Him. He already has our food, we must search for it, grab it and taken it as our own.


At first He dangles His food in front of us until our appetites are stirring. An example of this is when we hear of another’s awesome experience in the Lord, and say, "WOW would I like to hear from Him like that!" Once our appetites are aroused, we start seeking Him. "If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!" (Luke 11:11-13 NKJV) And then we must RECEIVE what He is offering. "Anyone who is willing to hear should listen and understand! And be sure to pay attention to what you hear. The more you do this, the more you will understand--and even more, besides." (Mark 4:23-25 NLT)


When the eaglets get older, the parents carry the food with their talons or bill and drop it in the nest. Now the eaglets must tear the food for themselves. I am reminded of when the Lord plops a vision, dream, etc into a young prophet’s life, then allows him to tear it apart, piece by piece; to interpret, digest, and apply it. It can be frustrating to have a big hunk of meat drop into your life when you have no idea what to do with it. However hunger coaxes one to bite off a chunk at a time, taking each chunk to the Lord for His help and confirmation until the whole thing is digested. Sometimes, especially when we receive visions and dreams about our callings, it takes years to digest the full ramification in the original hunk of meat of what He gave us. Often it is only after it comes to pass that we see the full scope of what He meant. And then, that scope is not revealed without the Holy Spirit’s quickening. (Gen 37:7, 42:6)



I thought it interesting that when the eagles are still young, the parents move about the nest with their talons balled into fists. This keeps them from accidentally skewering the babies. The Holy Spirit quickened to me the need for self control and patience by nurturing parents, or role models. Newborn prophetic eagles are often sent on assignments by the Lord to share their revelations with a spiritual teacher in their life. (I Sam 3:16-17) They learn lessons in obedience, overcoming fear of man, fear of rejection, desiring the man’s approval, etc. There are other ways to overcome these without the painful skewering of rejection. For instance, a newborn prophet’s expectations will most likely be greater than what they end up receiving by way of feedback! It is worthy to note that only 50% of baby eaglets live to adulthood, mainly because of the lack of food and the acquired hunting skills. Applying this to young prophets, a relationship with a mentor is very vital until they can become established. (I Tim 1:2)



A full grown adult can see its prey from a great distance, diving up to 100 MPH, grabbing and plunging its talons into a fish, and never even get its legs wet. So you can see that an eaglet needs lots of practice, a step at a time. Flying, pouncing, grabbing, ripping pieces of food is a part of this practice. After an eaglet’s first flight away from the nest, it continues to take small flights to develop its flying and landing skills while watching the adults eat prey, then nudging themselves in to eat too. This is an important part of learning to hunt and the adults allow this.


I saw a parable in this eaglet training process. Often the older and established prophets will share the Word of the Lord in a generic way. They may give an announcement of some important revelation. But when they do so, they do not greatly expound upon it, except just enough to announce it. Basically they are called to catch a chunk of revelation or meat and bring it to earth. Then after their own fill, they leave it to the prophetic pastors and teachers to tear it apart and explain the details of how it is applied and to bring out additional quickened pieces of revelation.


When the prophetic pastors and teachers do so, this can appear as stealing or grabbing food from their revelation. But this is the Lord’s work and no revelation belongs to one person but for the whole body to build itself up in love. (I Cor 3:9) What may appear as stealing is actually the Holy Spirit speaking to further develop the same theme. (The Lord knows the false ones from the real ones, and He will establish those that are His own.)



At this time, the young eagles have also learned to soar and spot moving prey. However they do not dive for it, rather they watch the adults dive down to snatch it. This similarity is also a very normal part of prophetic upbringing. Often a young prophet will be given a revelation and then shortly afterwards hear it announced through an established prophet. This is a work of the Holy Spirit because He most often speaks in similar themes to the prophets in the same seasons. (Acts 21:10-11, 20:23) For many years I would hear snipits of information from the Lord then hear it announced to the body of Christ through an older prophet.


At first this frustrated me until I realized it was a great opportunity to kill MY flesh: ambition, desire for recognition and approval, etc!!! Once young prophets get past these stumbling blocks, (for these must be killed on the cross if one wants to go higher in the Lord) then they get excited that what they hear and see is being confirmed. This builds their faith and joy and relationship in Him. They also have the joy of watching (and being mentored through) the awesome display of the older prophet swooping in for the kill of this revelatory meat, and bringing it to earth. And if they are following the Holy Spirit, the younger prophets will also get to partake and eat of the same kill and receive greater bits and pieces of revelation than they had by just previously watching and knowing.



For the most part, an eagle’s diet is fresh fish (especially salmon). However when conditions or seasons are not available for such, they eat other small mammals. When in dire need they will scavenge on dead prey, also known as carrion. This is especially true of young eaglets because they are not yet skillful at hunting.


This fact was really quickened to me as a parable that some of the prophetic today are eating carrion, which is prey from the second heaven. The second heaven is the realm of the demonic. It is the area that every prophet must press through and overcome, to make it into the third heaven. The third heaven is where the throne room of the Lord is, and where the revelation is clear, pure, holy and without mixture.


Sometimes what the younger prophetic ones do not understand is that even though second heaven revelation might be very supernatural - what they have seen or heard is the enemy plans and not the Lord’s plans. Often negative Words will be misunderstood and accepted as the will of the Lord, then the young prophet makes an announcement and declares a negative Word. However, there are also some more mature prophetic callings that are sent as spies into the second heaven, to find out the plans of the enemy and expose them so that they do NOT come to pass. Those with this specific assignment have the authority to withstand what they see and hear, in particular regarding principalities.


Second heaven revelation contains dead, non edifying bits that sour the taste and make them impure and void of the faith, hope and love of the Lord. It is important to learn how to separate the holy from the profane. The best, simplest and most profitable way to separate anything is the through the filters of faith, hope and love…. The greatest being love. (Heb 5:14, I Cor 13:13)


However even mature eagles eat carrion when no fresh meat is available. This is similar to receiving faith from a negative warfare experience from the second heaven. The Lord can turn an evil attempt to destroy our faith into a strengthening piece of meat when we realize that we must be on the right track for the devil to bring such opposition!!!



Through out the maturation process, a young eaglet learns the skills of using its feet for eating, balance, landing skills, and finally catching prey. The feet are the most important weapon and hunting tool for an eagle. (Rom 16:20) They use their feet and talons to capture and kill their prey. They dive from long distances, straight to their victim and bore their long talons into the flesh. This is done so quickly and smoothly it appears more like a ballet than an act of violence.


I am reminded of the scripture, "Blessed be the LORD my Rock, Who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle." (Ps 144:1 NKJV) An eagle has a well developed sense of touch in its feet, for catching prey. In these last days, we are going to experience some very unusual and interesting ways that the Lord uses our hands (and feet) for battle in overcoming demons. Eagles also bear their talons outstretched when approaching other birds like vultures who are feeding on a large animal. Eagles are known to drive vultures away and even force them to disgorge their meal. (Mat 24:28) I am reminded of the many scriptures about taking back our inheritance that the enemy has stolen.


With both their bills and talons, eagles will wade in shallow water and spear fish. They rip the heads off the fish, then stand on it to tear chunks from its body. (I Sam 17:51) "For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet." (1 Cor 15:25-26 NKJV) As the prophetic gifting matures in our calling, we will ultimately place the enemy under our feet. What a joy that will be!





PS - My book, "Discernment: Separating the Holy From the Profane" is now available for those who would like help in learning to discern "carrion" in what they are receiving. And also "Ministering Deliverance" gives some interesting testimonies of the Lord using hands to deliver.







Job 39:27-30 NKJV

Does the eagle mount up at your command, and make its nest on high? On the rocks it dwells and resides, on the crag of the rock and the stronghold. From there it spies out the prey; Its eyes observe from afar. Its young ones suck up blood; and where the slain are, there it is."



Bob Jones was given revelation about 3 eagle’s nests in the Pacific NW and these nests are churches. After doing the research on eagles, I realized that each eagle nest births eagles who also grow up, mate and birth their own eagles. So the cycle continues and the number of churches birthing eagles increases.


In today’s world, there is much talk about eagles representing the prophetic. And this is true. I think that it also represents the mounting up of revelatory Christianity in these last days. As a result, last day Christianity will acknowledge the prophetic gifts as a normal and vital part of the body.


1. The shape of an eagle nest is determined by the shape of the branch it is built upon. Some are conical nests, some are bowl shaped. Likewise, each church is shaped differently with its own personality, depending upon where it is planted. (4)

2. Nests are usually built within one mile of a permanent water source like a flowing river or coastline. (30) This is symbolical of being near the river of God and flowing in His Holy Spirit.

3. A normal nest is about 5 feet in diameter. (Symbolic of grace) They grow larger in the years, some have grown to 9 feet in diameter. The record nest is 20 feet deep, 10 feet wide, weighing two tons! (26) (I figure 2 tons is about 2,000 people!)

4. A parent’s impulse to build is strong. For several weeks after completion, some will continue to collect strange things until the instinct stops. Some strange things found in an eagle’s nest: Light bulbs, bleach bottles, a picture frame, conch shells, a white rubber ball (which was incubated for six weeks after the eggs in the nest had hatched). I consider the parable of building or collecting things for the nest as: building book libraries, cassette libraries, Bible studies, sermon series, teaching resources, manuals, special speakers, etc. I have seen pregnant mothers with the nesting instinct and some gather until they collapse. (9) (I canned 1500 jars of organic baby food prior to the birth of my son… I have not canned a thing since!)

5. A nest location is deeply etched in the original birthing of an eagle. A breeding eagle will build its nest within a couple mile range of where it was born. If for some reason the nest is destroyed, it will rebuild at or near the same site. This attachment to location is so strong that they will even build in an unsuitable tree rather than go elsewhere. (How flexible are we?)

6. One nest built in the Midwest lasted 34 years, being used annually. (34) Most do not last this long due to storms. Older and well maintained nests can weigh so much that it will eventually collapse the tree. (Warning, demonic storms and overbuilding can collapse what is being birthed.)

7. Eagles mate for life (40 years) and are capable of breeding each year after adulthood. (32) Some do not breed every year, due to weather and food resources. (Even with freedom to choose, timing is important when birthing. Consider the spiritual climate and the available resources.)


Another thing that Bob Jones was told was that eagles would be found every 50 miles up and down the west coast, everywhere that natural eagles are found. These eagles would be found in small churches, lest they be raised with pride in their hearts. In applying this with the eagle trivia, I understand that these eagles will one day mate and give birth to their own eagles, within a close proximity of where they were born.





1. Females lay one to three eggs. (7)

2. Incubation is a 35 day, constant vigil shared by both parents, mostly by the female with the male attending to her needs. (27) This keeps the eggs warm and safe. If left unattended, squirrels, ravens and gulls eat the eggs. (A breeding spiritual parent will stay close to home and not accept traveling engagements or ministry outside its home planting for that season.)

3. They trade places when the female needs to stretch. She will hunt and eat and wash. Since the nest is the focus at this time, the hunting parent stays within 1-2 miles of the incubating nest. (10)

1. The female spends most of the time staying in the nest while the male is hunting food or bringing green sprigs of branches to the nest. The greenery gives shade and covering to her food and nest. (10)

2. It is interesting that eagles will adopt eagle eggs when environmentalists secretly place them in their nests. (29) They will raise them as their own. (The Lord will often plop a prophetic egg, prepared to hatch in a new church. Parents need to stay flexible and recognize their calling soon, so they can be raised in a safe environment.)

3. Both parents lose their feathers on their lower breast. This is called a brood patch. (2) The eggs are kept warm by their exposed and surging blood vessels. Every hour they turn the eggs so they will warm evenly. The young are brooded for two or three weeks after hatching, because they are unable to regulate their own body temperature. After they have grown their 2nd coat of down feathers, the parents brood sitting up with half spread wings. I see the brood patch as a parable of the exposure, or bearing the heart and the soul of a nurturing parent over its young. Their tenderness keeps them warm and secure. The parent keeps constant vigil in turning the eggs and does not abandon them for some other ambition or goal in ministry.

4. After hatching, the female feeds the young by shredding pieces of meat with her beak. She will offer food over and over again, coaxing her chick to take a morsel from her beak. (28) She does not put the food into their mouth like other birds, because this is their first lesson in hunting. The eaglet must find the prey, grab and take it for its own.

7. When the eagles are still young, the parents move about the nest with their talons balled into fists. (10) This keeps them from accidentally skewering the babies. When I read this the Holy Spirit immediately quickened to me the self control and patience needed in nurturing parents. Babies are demanding in every way. They take total attention and little else can be done in a parents’ life until they are no longer babies. It is a matter of accepting the parental position with contentment, love, patience and gracious giving. Newborn prophetic eagles are soon sent on assignments by the Lord to give their revelations. Relationship with the parent is very vital in this time. It is worthy to note that only 50% of baby eagles lives to adulthood due to nest tragedy (usually siblings) and first flights.





In the early 80’s I had a vision where I saw myself inside an egg shell. I had a baby bottle inside the shell with me, and I was feeling cramped and wanted to get out. I used my bottle and starting wacking away from the inside. Finally I managed to crack the shell and climb out. As I stood up, I noticed I was about 5 years old and had on a pretty pink party dress! I looked at my shell, became very excited and said, "I’m going to tell my heavenly Father that I just broke out of my shell!" As I saw myself prattle away, I noticed there were many smaller eggs all around my shell. These eggs were not full grown yet and I knew it was not time for them to come out yet!


I wrote a Word to Ponder back then, based upon that vision, and also my experiences in coming out of my shell:



Just like an egg, I will bring you to birth. Growing from a tiny state, what I conceive grows in secret behind the shell of My covering. Ordained in perfect seasons, each stage of growth is built upon another until all comes to fruition.


One day I will call forth that which I have created within you. You will begin to break your own walls of confinement and come out of your shell. This requires strength and tenacity to break your own restraints. It requires a courageous heart to face the outside world. This process is not something I do for you, because if I were to do so, the strength you need to face your surroundings would not be fully developed. I need your cooperation to bring you to birth. I promise you My help and protection, but you must be willing and persistent to break your own yokes.


You will know it’s time when you grow so big that you can no longer stay within your established borders. You will know it’s time when you want to come out. You will know it’s time when everything in you says, "Yes! … It is time!" And when it is time, you will have the strength and the tenacity to break free.


"And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing." (Isa 10:27)

[end Word to Ponder]





1. Eagle eggs hatch in the order in which they were laid. (10)

2. Eagles use their egg tooth to break their shell. (6) This is a pointed, sharp projection or bump on the top of their beak. This tooth wears off about a month later since it is no longer needed. (This is like weaning from the baby bottle.) "Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? Them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little." (." (Isa 28:9-10 KJV)

3. It takes about 1-2 days for the eaglet to break free from the shell. (8) The parent is there brooding the eggs, but never assists in the process. This is something the eaglet must do for himself, as this builds his own muscles and strength to survive.





For those who are interested, here are the scriptures that have the words eagle or eagles:

Exodus 19:4  KJV

4 Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles' wings, and brought you unto myself.


Leviticus 11:13 KJV

13 And these are they which ye shall have in abomination among the fowls; they shall not be eaten, they are an abomination: the eagle, and the ossifrage, and the ospray,


Leviticus 11:18 KJV

18 And the swan, and the pelican, and the gier eagle,


Deuteronomy 14:12 KJV

12 But these are they of which ye shall not eat: the eagle, and ossifrage, and the ospray,


Deuteronomy 14:17 KJV

17 And the pelican, and the gier eagle, and the cormorant,


Deuteronomy 28:49 KJV

49 The LORD shall bring a nation against thee from far, from the end of the earth, as swift as the eagle flieth; a nation whose tongue thou shalt not understand;


Deuteronomy 32:11 KJV

11 As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings:


2 Samuel 1:23 KJV

23 Saul and Jonathan were lovely and pleasant in their lives, and in their death they were not divided: they were swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions.


Job 9:26 KJV

26 They are passed away as the swift ships: as the eagle that hasteth to the prey.


Job 39:27 KJV

27 Doth the eagle mount up at thy command, and make her nest on high?


Psalms 103:5 KJV

5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.


Proverbs 23:5 KJV

5 Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.


Proverbs 30:17 KJV

17 The eye that mocketh at his father, and despiseth to obey his mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out, and the young eagles shall eat it.


Proverbs 30:19 KJV

19 The way of an eagle in the air; the way of a serpent upon a rock; the way of a ship in the midst of the sea; and the way of a man with a maid.


Isaiah 40:31 KJV

31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.


Jeremiah 4:13 KJV

13 Behold, he shall come up as clouds, and his chariots shall be as a whirlwind: his horses are swifter than eagles. Woe unto us! for we are spoiled.


Jeremiah 48:40 KJV

40 For thus saith the LORD; Behold, he shall fly as an eagle, and shall spread his wings over Moab.


Jeremiah 49:16 KJV

16 Thy terribleness hath deceived thee, and the pride of thine heart, O thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, that holdest the height of the hill: though thou shouldest make thy nest as high as the eagle, I will bring thee down from thence, saith the LORD.


Jeremiah 49:22 KJV

22 Behold, he shall come up and fly as the eagle, and spread his wings over Bozrah: and at that day shall the heart of the mighty men of Edom be as the heart of a woman in her pangs.


Lamentations 4:19 KJV

19 Our persecutors are swifter than the eagles of the heaven: they pursued us upon the mountains, they laid wait for us in the wilderness.


Ezekiel 1:10 KJV

10 As for the likeness of their faces, they four had the face of a man, and the face of a lion, on the right side: and they four had the face of an ox on the left side; they four also had the face of an eagle.


Ezekiel 10:14 KJV

14 And every one had four faces: the first face was the face of a cherub, and the second face was the face of a man, and the third the face of a lion, and the fourth the face of an eagle.


Ezekiel 17:3 KJV

3 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; A great eagle with great wings, longwinged, full of feathers, which had divers colours, came unto Lebanon, and took the highest branch of the cedar:


Ezekiel 17:7 KJV

7 There was also another great eagle with great wings and many feathers: and, behold, this vine did bend her roots toward him, and shot forth her branches toward him, that he might water it by the furrows of her plantation.


Daniel 4:33 KJV

33 The same hour was the thing fulfilled upon Nebuchadnezzar: and he was driven from men, and did eat grass as oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till his hairs were grown like eagles' feathers, and his nails like birds' claws.


Daniel 7:4 KJV

4 The first was like a lion, and had eagle's wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man's heart was given to it.


Hosea 8:1 KJV

1 Set the trumpet to thy mouth. He shall come as an eagle against the house of the LORD, because they have transgressed my covenant, and trespassed against my law.


Obadiah 4 KJV

4 Though thou exalt thyself as the eagle, and though thou set thy nest among the stars, thence will I bring thee down, saith the LORD.


Micah 1:16 KJV

16 Make thee bald, and poll thee for thy delicate children; enlarge thy baldness as the eagle; for they are gone into captivity from thee.


Habakkuk 1:8 KJV

8 Their horses also are swifter than the leopards, and are more fierce than the evening wolves: and their horsemen shall spread themselves, and their horsemen shall come from far; they shall fly as the eagle that hasteth to eat.


Matthew 24:28 KJV

28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.


Luke 17:37 KJV

37 And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together.


Revelation 4:7 KJV

7 And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.


Revelation 12:14 KJV

14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.






1. Bald eagles have 7,000 feathers. (3) Feathers, like hair and nails, are made of keratin.1 [I was reminded of the scripture: "But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering." (1 Cor 11:15: KJV) I thought of the parable of hair being a covering of glory and that eagles feathers can be interpreted that way too.]

2. An eagle’s feathers consist of interlocking microscopic structures that are light, but very strong. These joining of feathers is an amazing design from the outer ones down to the soft layer of inner down. Layers of feathers trap air to insulate birds against cold and protect them from rain. (1)

[In considering this, I thought of how the Lord teaches us line upon line, carefully placing each step in our life. "Whom will he teach knowledge? And whom will he make to understand the message? Those just weaned from milk? Those just drawn from the breasts? For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept, Line upon line, line upon line, Here a little, there a little." (Isa 28:9-10 NKJV)]

3. The feathers if an eagle help it acclimatize. An eagle maintains its body temperature by adjusting the position of its feathers to the sun and air pockets. (4) Eagles do not migrate for climate changes, rather they migrate for food supplies.

4. An eagle grooms itself and waterproofs its feathers by preening. Each feather is worked from base to tip with a vibratory movement of the bill. An oil gland at the base of the tail is pressed regularly with the bill and this oil is worked into the feathers. After all of the feathers have received some attention, the eagle, standing erect, shakes its body to settle the feathers into place. The instinct to preen is very strong and young birds will preen even before their primary feathers emerge. (2)

5. 30 feathers weigh about as much as a penny.

6. The male's wingspan is a little more than 6 feet from wing tip to wing tip, the female's is between 6.5 and 7 feet. (5)






[Note from Sandy: This is the first half of an article posted from the Elijah List as relating to soaring eagles. The second half was a personal Word for South Africa and is not posted here.]




Bob Jones with Keith Davis - August 12, 1999

Bob Jones/Keith Davis Web site:


In his epistle to the Ephesians, the apostle Paul teaches, "our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual {forces} of wickedness in the heavenly places. (Eph

6:12) The spiritual forces that reside in heavenly places have set themselves in opposition to the working of the Holy Spirit through the Church. Not only will this evil defiance create snares and traps for Christians, but also assail our minds and spirits during seasons of prayer. At times, it seems we are easily able to move directly into the realm of the Spirit during prayer. At other times it seems as though all the spirits of hell are set against us as we attempt to come before the throne of grace in prayer and intercession. In recent times, it seems the latter has been more prominent than the former.


These difficult seasons are allowed to train us in warfare and establish deliverance in us as we wrestle with the enemy, discovering through small victories the omniscience and amazing provision established for us through the Cross.


The Bible often symbolizes God's people as eagles. This symbolism is especially true for prophets. The eagle is able to soar higher than any other creature and is gifted with phenomenal eye sight. We are taught that the eagle is equipped with special filters on its eyes allowing this majestic bird to maneuver directly toward the sun while evading encounters with predators. We must do likewise and flee to the Son when engaged with enemy confrontation.


To see the things the Lord desires to display oftentimes requires battling through the spiritual resistance until we are able to soar above it and hear the things that He will express and see the things that He would disclose. To do this requires diligence and determination through fervent prayer and intercession. It is in the midst of this wrestling that deceiving spirits will often impart revelation from the enemy masquerading as true disclosure. In one Old Testament example the 400 prophets of Ahab each received spiritual revelation containing measures of truth, yet its origin was a deceiving spirit that the Lord allowed because of the unrighteousness of Ahab and his leadership. A true prophet of God was then summoned who was able to soar above the deceiving spirit and receive a true revelation from the heart of God. (I Kings 22:1-28) Spiritual discernment and a good foundation in Truth clearly identifies false revelation, motivating the believer to press-in more earnestly to receive the true revelation.


Recently, while in a season of prayer and intercession, Bob found himself engaged in this spiritual battle. Many opposing spirits attempted to withstand his efforts to soar in the Spirit to receive fresh manna for the Body of Christ. Evil opposition attempted to impart false revelation masquerading as Truth. However, the fruit of this revelation did not incorporate love, hope and faith and was therefore easily discerned. Bob continued to press in for quite sometime until he finally soared above the opposition and received a clear word from the Lord. He was audibly given Psalms 13 with an emphasis on verse 5 as an encouragement for the Body of Christ.


"How long, O LORD? Will You forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me? How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? How long will my enemy be exalted over me?

Consider and hear me, O LORD my God; Enlighten my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death; Lest my enemy say, 'I have prevailed against him'; lest those who trouble me rejoice when I am moved. But I have trusted in Your mercy; my heart shall rejoice in Your salvation. I will sing to the LORD, because He has dealt bountifully with me." Ps 13:1-6


Many scholars believe this Psalm was written by David after Samuel anointed him to be King of Israel. Despite his prophetic destiny, David found himself fleeing from Saul for the preservation of his life. Although David's future promised greatness and Divine favor, he was required to endure persecution and hardship before being released in the fullness of his calling. It was during these difficult years that character was being formed in him that would prepare him for Kingship. Decisions that he made in the wilderness helped formulate the pattern of his life when he attained the throne.


So has it been for many in the church. It seems as though our enemies have prevailed over us despite the great promises given to us by the Holy Spirit. It is during the difficult seasons that Divine character is being formed in us as we are purged and purified from our own carnality so we can faithfully accommodate the anointing. Righteous decisions made during the dry intervals reap immeasurable dividends during the seasons of prosperity.


One of the most challenging things during the baptism of trials is to wait upon the Lord for His timing in the release of the promises.


Like David we cry to the Lord, How Long must we endure these difficult and trying times? Nonetheless, we are admonished to be still and wait upon the completion of His sanctifying work of grace within, so the fullness of His anointing can be released to us. The tendency during these times is to do something, oftentimes misinterpreting ministry for DOING THE WILL OF THE FATHER. In Matthew 7 the Lord describes many who were involved in ministry, healing the sick, casting out devils, performing miracles and other worthy things; even so, their destiny was outer darkness. "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven. (Matt 7:21) It is in doing the will of the Father that we access the Kingdom of Heaven and find favor and grace in time of need.


Our encouragement is found in Verse 5, But I have trusted in Your mercy; my heart shall rejoice in Your salvation. For many, the day of salvation is at hand.


The term for salvation in this passage is "yeshu`sh" denoting deliverance, welfare, prosperity, and victory. It's unique application has to do with deliverance from present troubles and the assurance that the Lord is aware of our condition and will intervene in our behalf. The Lord assures us saying, I know the plans that I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. (Jer 29:11). Our Savior's plans for us are for welfare and prosperity not calamity. However, wilderness experiences are allowed to establish Godly character in us and allow us to sow seeds of righteousness that will reap bountiful dividends in the seasons ahead. We must pray with the same assurance as David despite the external circumstances realizing that the Lord is faithful to His promises. Not one of His promises has ever failed in all of history.


David begins this Psalm with a cry of desperation but concludes it by remembering the Lord's faithfulness to His promises and the bountiful favor with which the Lord has vowed to establish His people. So is it with us; though our minds are burdened with the difficulty of our circumstances, our spirits rejoice at the realization of our Savior's promises to us. Repentance and obedience to the Will of the Father will prepare us for the day of visitation. To whom shall the Lord appear in the day of His visitation? Those who have His commandments and faithfully adhere to them. "He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him." (John 14:21)







A Golden Eagle

Bill Burns

July 13, 2000:


Many recognize that the eagle is symbolic of the prophetic. The eagle has tremendous vision and can soar to lofty heights. The eagle also has amazing speed as he dives to take his prey, and his weapons are very effective.


The Lord has used the eagle to bring forth several prophetic words through me in the last two years. Each time that I have observed the activity of eagles, the Lord has spoken to me to reveal different aspects of what the present work of the Holy Spirit is.

Sunday, as Marsha and I were driving home from church, a very unusual event occurred. We had just crossed a bridge which is located at a curve in the highway. The highway descends to the bridge and then ascends. Because of these conditions I always slow down. So, I had slowed down, crossed the bridge, and was just beginning to accelerate as we moved upwards. It was at this point that a young golden eagle appeared out of nowhere and completely filled the vision which we had through the windshield of our car.


The eagle was so close that it seemed as though his tail feathers touched the windshield as we passed under him. I know that this was a young eagle because he was not quite as large as the adult eagles that I have previously seen. Also the feathers of this eagle were a brilliant golden color, a lighter gold than the feathers of the adults.

"And, the Spirit of the Lord brings this message forth...on the wings of eagles. My golden ones are about to arise. You have crossed over the bridge of troubled waters. Behold, the old things are behind you, the new will now spring forth. Now the time of acceleration which I spoke of will come forth. With this acceleration will come greater vision. I will completely fill your vision (the eyes of your understanding) with My purposes. You will begin to see more clearly than you ever have before because I will come closer to you, and your total focus will be upon Me. The distractions of the past occurred because you viewed Me from afar. But now, I will fill your vision, and you shall feel the wind of My Spirit and the touch of My hands.


This is a new day and on this, the third day of My power, I will come to you and raise you up as on wings of eagles that you may live in My sight, and you shall perceive My presence as you never have before. My people, you are turning a corner, and new direction will come forth.


Now, consider what the sign of the young eagle means, for does it not have a two-fold meaning? First, I will renew some of My old eagles and make them young again. Those who have remained faithful to Me will be renewed. Now I will lead you out of the caves where I have placed you, and you shall soar to new heights with greater vision and strength than you have ever had.


Secondly, I will also bring some young eagles forth at this time. They are those who have forsaken the world and do not desire religion; they desire only Me. Thus, the old and the new shall be brought out of My treasure house, and My golden ones will be sent to the nations to prepare the way of the Lord. His coming forth is established as the morning, and He is coming like the latter and former rain to His people."


A note of encouragement is found in this message, especially to you old eagles who carry about the weariness of many battles in your bodies. When an eagle reaches the age of 50 (approximately), his beak begins to freeze shut, and he can no longer eat. Some give up and die, but some find a cave or cleft in the rock where water is present. The old eagle goes into the cave and beats his beak on a rock until it is broken off. The eagle drinks water for 40 days until it grows a new beak. The eagle then pulls its old feathers out and an oil sack grows and is filled with oil (over the heart). The eagle then breaks the oil sack with the new beak and spreads the oil over his body. Beautiful new golden feathers grow in, and the eagle is renewed. The eagle's body is also strengthened through this process. The regenerated eagle is then able to fly higher than it ever could before and see better than it could before. Oh yes, and the beak also works, for words must yet be spoken and the prey must be taken. Happy hunting!


Faith Tabernacle

111 North Fourth

P. O. Box 1148

Kremmling, CO 80459


NOTE FROM SANDY: In my research on eagles, I was not able to find information backing the above story about how an old eagle renews itself. However I did find similar stories under Indian folklore. I have been blessed by this story and regardless of whether it is fact or allegory, it is quickened to me.





1. First flights: The young eaglets pick up and manipulate sticks, play tug of war with each other, practice holding things in their talons, and stretch and flap their wings. By eight weeks, the eaglets are strong enough to flap their wings, lift their feet off the nest platform, and rise up in the air. At eight weeks, the appetites of the young birds are at their greatest. While parents hunt almost continuous to feed them, back at the nest the eaglets are beginning to stretch their wings in response to gusts of wind and may even be lifted off their feet for short periods. Eventually they will be able to rise 15 feet above the nest and soar for a moment before returning to the nest. While they are learning to fly, the young eagles are awkward, have difficulty landing, and often fall to the ground after leaving the nest. If a young eagle is reluctant to leave the nest, its parents may stop feeding it at the nest and lure the hesitant bird to another perch with food. (9)

2. Their speed of light is between 20 to 40 miles per hour in normal flight. It can rise of over 100 miles per hour while diving. (9)

3. Winds sweeping across open water also create updrafts that eagles use for gliding.

4. The flight path to a nest or perch must be open, because a bald eagle cannot maneuver through dense forest like an owl or take off from an obstructed perch. Open vistas also make it easier for eagles to scan for prey. (9)

5. While migrating (usually for food), eagles ride columns of rising air called thermals and can average speeds of 30 mph (50 kilometers). Effortlessly, an eagle can circle in a strong thermal to high altitudes, then glide long distances in the direction of its migration until it finds the next column of rising air. Generally, the eagles follow seasonal food supplies. As lakes and streams freeze over, bald eagles must go south to find open fresh water or head to the coast. (9)

6. Approximately 40% of young eagles do not survive their first flight. (10)

7. Through months of trial and error, eagles acquire basic skills such as lighting on perches or stooping on prey through practice. Eagles practice with almost fully developed bodies, and so sharpen their skills quickly. (10)





June 12, 2001

Doug Patterson


Perseverance and persistence have land marked your way. You have fought the winds, you have struggled and you have pressed through. For a season and a time you felt very weary and tired allowing yourself just like an eagle to rest upon the cleft of the rock. In your moment of rest, you decided to perhaps walk a distance from mountaintop to mountaintop, step by step where it seemed a safer and more practical way at the time. I tell you it is a tedious work for my eagles to walk across the rocks.


Allow My wind to catch you underneath your wings as they extend out with praise and worship unto me and lift you back up from the position that you feel is secure as you stand on the rock. For you must maneuver forward in flight yielding to the breeze, yielding to the updrafts, yielding to the presence of your mighty God. For I desire to cause you to be as a skilled warrior flying in and out of the very peaks of the mountain, for they belong to you. I call them your home, a dwelling place. Mount Zion is calling and encouraging you to praise and worship the Lord your God.


So do not be weary in well doing but know I do order your steps and at times I ask you to leap into My presence for as you fly you move quickly, swiftly and powerfully. Spiral into My heavenlies and see the very world I ask you to conquer from a high and lofty place. A place of vision is a place of intercession. A place of intercession is an attitude of the heart. And out of the abundance of your heart My people speak. Fly into My love, soar like an eagle and don't grow weary My children for you belong to Me.



Intercessors For Jesus Ministries

P.O. Box 172

Fergus, Ontario

N1M 1N0





13] EAGLE EYES - misc trivia

1. The eagle's eyes are specially evolved to give it extraordinary vision. The eye's size and shape give it magnification when compared to the human eye. But most important, the eagle's eye is densely packed with the specialized cells that give exceptional vision. The wealth of the special cells and the way they are arranged give the eagle the ability to see extraordinary detail and observe things at great distances. An eagle can spot a fish from two or three miles away. (11)

2. They have excellent eye sight, as with all raptors. Eagles, and other hawks, have a double fovea...two centers of focus on the retina. The "regular" one is for focusing on the horizontal plane. The other is higher on the retina and concentrates focus toward the ground. The birds not only see and process two images, one from each eye, as do most animals with eyes on the sides of their heads, but they also process two more images from below themselves. That is four (yes, 4) things at once. And that explains why a perched bird will sometimes turn its head completely upside down when looking skyward. The ground-image fovea is then looking up. (12)

3. The vision of predatory birds is probably the keenest of any living creature. Eagles see objects two to three times farther away than humans can. Since they hunt by day, sight is by far the most important of all their senses. An eagle must spot prey from great distances and catch birds on the wing. Astonishing accuracy is needed to track the erratic course of prey, and the eyes must constantly refocus as an eagle dives toward its moving target. The eyes of an eagle are very large, but their movement within the eye sockets is restricted. To see in different directions, an eagle must turn its head. (9)

4. The acute vision of eagles is due, in part, to the fact that each eye has two depressions in the retina packed with sensory cells that provide an area of especially clear perception. One of these depressions, or fovea, is directed forward, the other to the side. The four foveae working together allow for unusually accurate distance perception. The eyes can function some what independently to see objects to the side, or both eyes can focus on an object directly in front of the head. Special muscles control the curvature of the lens so that the eye can accurately perceive moving objects. A transparent "second eyelid" sweeps across the eye to cleanse and protect it and a projecting bony brow shields the eye from injury. (9)

5. An eagle can see a rabbit about 1 mile or 1760 yards away. Now the average person needs to be about 550 yards away to see the same rabbit. That's why when someone says "you must have eagle eyes," they mean you can see really far. (13)

6. Unlike most mammals, birds have color vision. Much of a bird's survival may depend on its extraordinary vision. Bald Eagles have good binocular vision since their eyes are in front of their heads. This enables them to judge distances accurately - an important ability for birds that often swoop down to snatch food from the ground or water. (14)

7. Golden eagle: A four week old Golden Eagle possess vision that is telescopic, microscopic, monocular, binocular, and about eight times finer than man's. Mature birds can spot a rabbit two miles away. (15)

8. Birds of prey have three eyelids to protect their eyes. Hawks close their eyes most of the time by moving their lower lids up. Owls move their upper eyelids down adding to the human appearance of their faces. The third eyelid is called the nicitating membrane and it closes from side to side. It can be used to clean the eyes or to protect them. (16)

9. Eagle parents often pull the membranes over their eyes when feeding their young. This way chicks won't accidentally damage an eye when they lunge for food. (16)

10. Due to the size of an eagle's eyes, very little room is left for the eye muscles which forces the eagle to turn its head when looking around. This is unlike a human eye which can move more freely in the eye socket. Eagles have powerful eye sight allowing them to see three to four times farther away than a human being. While hunting, eagles can see their prey several hundred feet above the ground. From a perch position in a high tree, eagles can see prey up to one mile away. When flying at 1000 feet, eagles can spot prey within three square miles. In addition, the two centers of focus in an eagles eye allows it to see both forward and to the side at the same time and like a human, eagles have eyelids. The eyelids will closing during sleep, otherwise a second eyelid (called a nictitating) wipes the cornea every three to four seconds to keep the cornea clean. This second eyelid is translucent which allows the eagle to see in mid blink. (17)

11. A bony extension of the scull (over the eagle's eyes) helps protect tehm from injury when catching and handling prey. (18)





1. The eagle's other senses are less impressive. The eagle's sense of hearing is comparable to that of humans. Its outer ear openings are located just behind its eyes and covered by a layer of feathers. (19)

2. The eagle seems to have a less-developed sense of taste, and its sense of smell is poorly developed. For example, a bald eagle cannot detect even strong food odors under snow. Eagles cannot find food hidden from view. (19)

3. On the other hand, its sense of touch is acute on the beak and feet, a feature that aids the eagle in capturing and killing prey. Tactile sensations in these areas are important when capturing and killing prey. (9)

4. Eagles make sounds that are often described in human terms. The calls between a pair of eagles at the start of the breeding season are called a "greeting," and the soft, high-pitched call of the female during courtship is thought to be a "solicitation." Young chicks in the nest "beg" for food by peeping or crying. When alarmed, an eagle lowers its head, stretches out its neck, droops and quivers its wings, and, as the bill opens and closes, call "kar! kar! kar!" (9)





1. Talons are extra-large and grooved underneath, and the foot pads rough, almost spiculate (needle-like), for increased grasping ability, vital when the prey is large and slippery. (12)

2. The bald eagle is well-adapted for hunting. Its feet and talons are large even for such a huge bird. The talons are impressively long and are backed by tremendous muscular force from the legs. The talons can easily penetrate to the bone and even crush some bones. (19)

3. When the muscles in the legs contract, the tendons in the lower legs tighten and the talons close together. This locking system allows the bird to secure its toes around a catch and keep its body steady during rest and sleep. On the undersides of its fleshy toes are small, rough projections called spicules which help the eagle to grasp and hold slippery prey such as fish. (19)





1. The beak is very heavy (fishing eagles have some of the most powerful beaks).

2. The bald eagle's beak is massive. Its main purpose seems to be for killing and tearing. The beak may be used as a weapon if the talons have not finished off the prey. However, generally the beak is used for tearing prey into small pieces since eagles do not chew their food. (19)

3. The eagle's mouth allows it to swallow sizeable objects, but the food must be torn into reasonably-sized pieces. After ingestion the food is temporarily stored in a huge sack, called the crop, in the throat. (19)

4. An eagle cleans its bill after eating by rubbing it on a stick or a branch. The area around the bill is not feathered and so stays clean while feeding. (9)




17] EAGLE PAIRS: Misc trivia

1. A pair will remain together for each nesting season as long as both are alive. They engage in various greeting and courtship flights, the most spectacular of which consists of locking talons in mid-air and descending for several hundred feet in a series of spiraling somersaults. (20)

2. They utilize feeding, day roost and night roost perches, and there is a definite dominance heirarchy for their use. Two adults sitting in close proximity will almost certainly be a pair. (12)

3. The courtship flight is truly spectacular. The nest usually built in a commanding position in a large tree, but sometimes on a rocky promontory or even, on islands, on the ground. It is a very large structure of sticks, lined with softer material such as pine needles. The site is usually near water, but nests away from water are known. (21)

4. The male does most of the hunting and scavenging during the early weeks of the chick's life. The female does the majority of the feeding and brooding. The male will often eat the head of the fish he catches and then bring the remainder to the nest. The male will brood and feed the chick when the female is off the nest. She will leave to stretch, defecate, bathe, preen and hunt on her own. (22)

5. The breeding season for bald eagles begins in February and lasts through July, with pairs establishing long-term bonds. They breed in open areas along coasts, rivers, and large lakes, usually away from human disturbances. In California, a study showed that approximately 87% of their nest sites were within 1 mile (1.6 km) of water. (23)

6. Platform nests of sticks are lined with vegetation and other fine materials and are built in large snags and old growth trees with open branches. The nests are often built in the fork of the tree and range from 3 to 61 meters (10-200 ft) above the ground. Cliff nests vary in size from those with very little nesting materials to those that are massive structures. Some eagles have been known to use the same nest for more than 35 years; occasionally, they may use more than one nest in a season. (23)







1. Three terms are used by eagle biologists to describe the area in which a breeding pair of eagles lives. The "nest site" refers to the nest itself and is the focus of the pair's activity. The term "breeding territory" describes an area surrounding the nest site or sites that is actively defended against intruders. A breeding territory includes the sky above the territory because eagles will defend this space to a certain height. Surrounding the breeding territory is a much larger area within which eagles travel, roost, and search for food. This area, called the "home range," is not actively defended. (9)

2. Breeding territories vary in size and shape. In the 1940s, so many eagles lived along Florida's Gulf coast that nesting birds defended a territory extending only about half a mile outward from the nest; in a few areas, active nests were within 1000 feet of each other. Today eagles rarely nest this closely to each other. The shape of a territory can vary with the location of roosting trees and shoreline configuration. Some territories are circular, while others may encompass a band along a section of shoreline. The shape of the home range in which an eagle travels and hunts is much more flexible and can shift with wind direction. (9)

3. Eagles soar over their nest or perch in conspicuous trees to advertise that their territory is in use. The white heads of the adults is an easily-seen signal that a territory is occupied. In this way, territories are defended with a minimum of fighting. Once a territory is established, other eagles usually recognize and respect these boundaries. Eagles defend their territory against large birds such as gulls and crows and may drive ospreys from their own nests if they are too close. (9)

4. Immature and non-breeding adult eagles do not maintain territories and many roost and feed together. In Everglades National Park, immature eagles fly inland to roost communally at night, well away from coastal nesting areas. (9)

5. Bald eagles are usually associated with a source of permanent water, such as reservoirs, lakes, and free-flowing rivers, with abundant fish and nearby sites for perching, roosting, and, in season, nesting. These sites include snags or other open perches, such as broken-topped trees and rocks near the water. (23)





1. Their primary prey is fish, especially salmon, but they will also eat small mammals, various water birds, such as waterfowl, and carrion. In the winter, provided the roosting sites and food are abundant, the eagles will roost in groups, particularly in conifer stands or along rivers with migrating salmon. During salmon runs in Alaska, up to 4,000 eagles have been known to congregate along the Chiklat River. (23)

2. The bald eagle searches for prey from a soaring flight or from a perch, then swoops down and grabs its prey. These eagles are known to wade in shallow water to pursue fish with their bill or talons. (23)

3. Bald eagles tend to cooperatively hunt, particularly when pursuing lagomorphs, such as cottontails and black-tailed hares; they will try and flush them out by using short flights back and forth across the vegetation, or by watching from a perch and waiting for the prey to appear. Occasionally, bald eagles visit flooded fields, pouncing on the small mammals displaced by the water. Piracy of prey from other species is a common foraging tactic of immature bald eagles. (23)

4. The young eagle will spend the next 4 years of its life wandering across eastern North America looking for summering and wintering areas where food is accessible. The mortality rate for eagles during their first year of life is greater than 50%, but once they have learned to hunt and forage successfully their chances of reaching adulthood are good. When it begins to mature at age 4, an eagles seeks a mate and establishes a territory. The territory is usually located within 250 miles of the nest where the eagle was hatched. There, the new pair of eagles will construct their own nest but often don't produce eggs or young during their first year as a pair. They'll return in following years to raise young of their own. (22)

5. The bald eagle searches for prey from a soaring flight or from a perch, then swoops down and grabs its prey. These eagles are known to wade in shallow water to pursue fish with their bill or talons. (23)

6. The Bald Eagle feeds primarily on fish, aquatic birds, and mammals, which it may take alive or find dead. Much of its live prey, especially the waterfowl, consists of sickly individuals or those wounded by hunters. When its staple foods are not available, a Bald Eagle will eat almost anything that has food value. (24)

7. These large predators take food however they can, stealing it from other birds (e.g., fish from the Osprey), scavenging on carrion (including road kills and fish killed passing through hydropower turbines), and hunting in flight, from a perch, on the ground, or in shallow water. They sometimes feed in groups, although they rarely cooperate in hunting. Generally, the adults are more likely to hunt and kill, whereas the younger birds rely more on scavenging and piracy. (24)

8. An eagle uses its feet to capture and kill prey. Swooping down from above, it grabs a fish and drives its long talons into the prey with a treading motion. This happens so smoothly that an eagle rarely gets its legs wet. Eagles snare flying waterfowl by flying under the intended victim, turning upside down, and grabbing the prey by the breast. (9)

9. An eagle hunting coots on the St. Johns River separated a bird from its flock and pursued it underwater. Several moments passed before the eagle returned to the surface with the coot in its talons. An eagle in Alaska dove underwater to catch a duck and then calmly folded its wings and floated at the surface for several minutes until the duck drowned. Since the duck was too heavy to carry off, the eagle towed its victim to shore with rhythmic beats of its outstretched wings, much like a human swimmer using the butterfly stroke. (9)

10. Prey is carried back to the nest or roost and eaten there. Eagles remove the skin from small mammals and often pluck the feathers from larger birds before eating them. When eating a fish, an eagle usually rips off the head and then stands on the carcass to tear chunks from the body. Undigested fur and feathers are regurgitated as pellets. (9)

11. When food is abundant, an eagle can gorge itself by storing up to two pounds of food in a pouch in the throat called a crop. Gorging allows the bird to fast for several days if food becomes unavailable. Eagles also readily eat carrion such as stranded fish or the carcasses of large animals. They will even drive vultures or dogs from a carcass or pursue vultures and force them to disgorge their meal. (9)

12. Besides hunting and killing prey, eagles steal food from other birds. The tendency to pirate food led Benjamin Franklin to decide that eagles were birds of "bad moral character." Assigning human moral values to an eagle is, of course, unfair, because stealing is just another way of getting food. Eagles are particularly known for stealing food from ospreys with whom they share waterfront habitats, but they will steal from many kinds of birds, especially other eagles. (9)

13. In some parts of the country, wintering, non-nesting birds roost and feed in groups. Groups of two to three to 30 or more eagles may feed together. In the Chilkat Valley area of southeastern Alaska, more than 3,000 bald eagles gather in the fall to feed on the carcasses of salmon. These groups are far from friendly, however, since aggression between eagles and food stealing are common. (2)

14. An analysis of the behavior of these eagles revealed a range of aggressive displays as the birds continually displaced each other. An eagle can challenge a feeding bird by descending from above with its feet and talons outstretched or, if both eagles are on the ground, one may jump a few feet in the air and drop towards the other. Sometimes an aggressive eagle approaches a feeding eagle with slow deliberate steps, staring intently, with its head and neck extended horizontally. If the feeding bird does not retreat, the aggressor may strike with talons or beak. A defending bird either retreats or retaliates by jumping and presenting its talons to the aggressor. Physical contact is rare, but aggressive displays occasionally lead to injury as one bird embeds its talons in the body of another. (9)

15. Stealing occurs even when food is plentiful. Pirating is adaptive even when food is abundant because the risks associated with stealing and hunting are about equal. Aggressive encounters rarely escalate into violence, because the status of each bird usually predetermines which bird will win an encounter. In other words, eagles usually challenge birds that are likely to yield. For example, larger birds, which are usually female, tend to steal from smaller birds. As a result, smaller or younger birds tend to hunt more, while large adults more often benefit from stealing. Hungry birds usually win out over birds that have eaten since a satiated bird is less likely to defend a food item aggressively. A full crop is a clear sign that an eagle has been feeding for a while. When each contestant knows the status of the other, one will emerge as the winner without escalated fighting. (9)







National Geographic aired a special one night about how eagles catch fish in lakes. They fly high above the water but their eyesight is so good they can spot fish in the water below. When they see one they fold back their wings and aim directly for the water, going as fast as 130 mph. When they reach the water they spread their wings, reach out their talons, grab the fish, and begin flying back to the shore.


On this TV special, they showed film of a very unusual occurrence. An eagle made a dive for a fish and grabbed it in its talons. But the fish was much larger than the eagle realized. As it began to fly to the shore you could see the strain on the eagle's face. It was not going to make it back to the shore with this huge fish. It then tried to drop the fish, to let go of it. But the talons of the eagle had dug into the flesh of the fish so deeply that it could not pull them out. It struggled but to no avail.


Slowly the eagle descended into the lake and drowned, unable to let loose of its catch.

Many times in life we grab on to something that can be dangerous. We feel we have control and can stop holding on any time we like. It becomes a habit and one day we try to get out and discover that we no longer have a hold on it but it has a hold of us. "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us" (Hebrews 12:1).


Edited from More Hot Illustrations for Youth Talks by Wayne Rice.

Copyright 1995 by Youth Specialties, Inc.  (Aritcle posted at The Quickened Word by permission)

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1. An eagle is one of the largest birds of prey in the world.

2. COMMON NAME: bald eagle (22)

3. The name "bald" is a misnomer. The scientific name, Haliaeetus leucocephalus, means "white-headed sea eagle." (22)

1. CLASS: Aves (22)

2. ORDER: Falconiformes (22)

3. FAMILY: Accipitridae (22)

4. GENUS & SPECIES: Haliaetus leucocephalus (22)

There are 59 species of eagles worldwide.

5. CLASSIFICATION: Falconiformes, yes, eagles are hawks. Hawks are divided by their wing shapes and the way they fly: falcons, accipiters, buteos, kites and eagles. Accipiter means "hawk" in Latin. Halos and aetos are Greek for "sea" and "eagle." Since the bald eagle is considered one of the sea-eagles, it fits. Another Latinized obvious observation: leucocephalus. Leukcos is Greek for "white" and kephale is Greek for "head." Pretty straight-forward! (22)

6. PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Length: 27-30+ inches (bigger farther north)

Wingspan: Male: about 6 1/2 feet; Female: about 7 feet

Weight: Male: 9 lbs.; Female: 12.8 lbs.

Coloration: Adult - Rich, deep brown except head and tail which are snowy white. Bill and feet yellow, eyes straw colored.

Juvenile - dark head, neck and tail, body dark to black and often mottled with pointed feather tips buff. Attainment of adult plumage is gradual with mottling slowly molting out (the buffy tips wear off) and the head and tail looking muddy, then buff, then white at four or five years of age. Beak and feet are black. [Juveniles are easily confused with young Golden Eagles. Bare lower tarsi, best when fishing because water-logged feathers are heavy, are diagnostic for Bald Eagles, Goldens are feathered to the toes. (22)

7. DIET: Mostly fish (which they will steal from each other and from osprey), water birds that "raft" (like Coots), as well as muskrats and other small mammals ("our" eagles at Eastman Lake take jackrabbits and ground squirrels like Goldens do) plus carrion. (22)

8. Eagles sometimes bathe in shallow water or fly down and drag their feet through water to clean them.

9. PREY SIZE: Prey items weigh from 3 to 5 pounds at most. An eagle would have difficulty carrying anything approaching even one-half its own weight, making myths of eagles carrying off human babies or calves absurd.

10. LONGEVITY: Have lived 50 years in captivity. Life expectancy in the wild may be 30 years. (25)

11. EYESIGHT: Five to six times sharper than a human's. (25)

12. PERCHING: Bald eagles spend more time sleeping or resting on a perch than at any other activity. Pairs often perch together and, as one preens, the other keeps a watchful eye. If it is very hot, perching birds droop their wings and gape their mouths. Different perches are used during the day so that a bird can face into the wind or avoid the sun's glare. When eagles of different ages perch in the same tree, the oldest birds usually occupy the highest perches. (9)





From the following footnote references, you can see I searched websites about nature, government, environment, scientific, wild life studies, etc.


In searching for the eagle trivia it was interesting to me that I did not find one particular item in even one scientific or nature site. (Although it was written about in many Christian sites.) If you find a scientific data source mentioning this theme, please let me know, I would like to post it with this file.


The scientific data I did not find was the concept of an eagle parent carrying an eaglet in flight. The scientific sites say that prey weighs about 3-5 pounds and a baby eaglet weighs about 1 pound more than its parent when it comes time to fly. (They need the extra weight because they will no longer be fed in the nest and they will be gradually learning how to hunt.) The parents weigh between 9-13 pounds.


I am thinking that if this is not a scientific fact, then perhaps the Lord was using the following scripture as an allegory of how He carried Israel on His wings in their journey through the wilderness. "As an eagle stirs up its nest, Hovers over its young, Spreading out its wings, taking them up, Carrying them on its wings, So the LORD alone led him, And there was no foreign god with him." (Deut 32:11-12 NKJV)





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