1 oz. Fine Silver Gold-Plated Coin - Perched Bald Eagle - Mintage: 8,500 (2014)
A day in the life of the Bald Eagle is filled with activity from dusk until dawn and beyond. From the moment it awakens, the eagle is at work—tending to its nest, soaring high, hunting, feeding its young, and taking pause to eat and rest. Now, while he is at rest, let's take a moment to study this apex hunter's fearsome countenance.
Dominated by a massive, sharply curved yellow beak, the adult eagle's distinctive head is covered to the neck with long, smooth white feathers. The arrangement of the feathers above its large golden eyes gives the adult eagle a frowning appearance that is perhaps a factor in the bird's symbolic associations with power. The most important attribute on this iconic head, however, is the eyes. It is this gifted vision that empowers the eagle to spot relatively small prey underwater or in grassy plains while soaring hundreds of metres in the air—despite these prey animals' natural camouflage.
• The amazing Bald Eagle—Haliaeetus leucocephalus—is Canada's largest bird of prey and the only eagle exclusive to North America.
• An eagle's vision is about four times more powerful than that of humans.
• Eagles see in full colour.
• Eagle eyes have two focal centres, allowing the bird to see both in front and behind in a single glance.
• Translucent nictitating membranes allow an eagle to "blink" without disrupting its gaze.
• Females are generally larger than males.
• This long-lived bird can survive nearly 30 years in the wild and even longer in captivity.
• Bald Eagles nest across much of Canada, from Yukon eastward to Newfoundland. They are most common along the Pacific coast, but concentrations also occur in the prairie provinces, northwestern Ontario, parts of Quebec, and on Cape Breton Island.
• Bald Eagles are protected in Canada and the United States.
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