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Adult Bald Eagles

This should be a fun discussion.

Male and female adult bald eagles look alike. I've always thought the eagle on the US Great Seal is a male (probably because I am).

What do you all think? Is the symbolic eagle male or female? Why do you suppose so?

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Leon, Sounds kind of yukky-poo to me.
I believe God could see right through the napkin huh?
Maybe that's why it's called "foul"?
---1st_cliff on 2/27/13

Yukky-POO/"foul" for sure! No doubt, full of Gray Poopon, etc. :) The thought of that is making me sick. Excuse me, I need to go call Ralph!
---Leon on 2/27/13

Leon, Sounds kind of yukky-poo to me.
I believe God could see right through the napkin huh?
Maybe that's why it's called "foul"?
---1st_cliff on 2/27/13

Here's a "unique" bird for a discriminating palate such as yours Cliff. :)

"For centuries, a rite of passage for French gourmets has been the eating of the Ortolan. These tiny birds (captured alive, force-fed, then drowned in Armagnac) were roasted whole & eaten that way, bones & all, while the diner draped his head with a linen napkin to preserve the precious aromas and, some believe, to hide from God."

The Wine Spectator Magazine
---Leon on 2/27/13

I'm not the greatest "bird watcher" but I do know how to catch a unique bird!
Actually unique up on it!
---1st_cliff on 2/25/13

Thanks Rod for the explanation. Have fun!:)

Food for thought Cliff: Forbidden food listed in Scripture (Lev. 11:13, Deut. 14:12).
---Leon on 2/25/13

//Why would you suppose that's what Ben Franklin was talking about Rod?//

I didn't. I was responding/commenting on your quote from Is. 40:31, where you stated, "Other than the dove, which represents God the Holy Spirit, no other bird is spoken of as "highly" as the eagle," which is not entirely correct because "nesher" in the OT quite often refers to the Griffon Vulture.

The Griffon Vulture has a home in Gamla in the Golan Heights. The Vulture used to be very plentiful in the Jordan Valley.

I thought this was a "fun" learning blog.
---Rod4Him on 2/25/13

scripture comparisons:

Isaiah 49:15
Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!

Mt 23:37
Jerusalem, Jerusalem, how often I have longed to gather your children together as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing.

Gen 49:9
You are a lions cub, Judah, my son. Like a lioness.

Num 23:24
The people rise like a lioness, they rouse themselves like a lion that does not rest till he devours his prey and drinks the blood of his victims.

Num 24:9
Like a lion they crouch and lie down, like a lionesswho dares to rouse them?

Was Herod a woman? Jesus says Go tell that fox Lk 13:32
---bike4335 on 2/25/13

Cliff I am worried because you and I should be on the endangered list. There ain't another one like either of us.
---Elder on 2/25/13

Elder, Yea,don't you just hate that kind of turkey you have to carve with a chain saw!
Eagles are now officially off the endangered spiecies list, hmmm, naw, don't even think of it!
---1st_cliff on 2/24/13

"They'll mount up with wings like eagles.
However, the 'eagle' here is probably the Griffon Vulture."
---Rod4Him on 2/24/13

The griffon vulture is a large vulture of southern Europe and northern Africa having pale plumage with black wings. Why would you suppose that's what Ben Franklin was talking about Rod? Were there any in the U.S. in Franklin's day?
---Leon on 2/24/13

Yea, Cliff, I know.
We went to an "upper class" restaurant on Thanksgiving and the "Turkey" that served us wouldn't bring a second pot of coffee.
---Elder on 2/24/13

They'll mount up with wings like eagles..

However, the "eagle" here is probably the Griffon Vulture.
---Rod4Him on 2/24/13

"...those who wait on [serve] the Lord will renew their strength ~ They'll mount up with wings like eagles, they'll run & not be weary, they'll walk & not faint." (Is. 40:31, NKJV)

Other than the dove, which represents God the Holy Spirit, no other bird is spoken of as "highly" as the eagle. In fact, there's no mention of the turkey in Scripture. :)

Whereas Mr. Franklin saw the eagle as a coward, I see the eagle as being gracious & merciful enough to spare the lives of smaller, less powerful yet aggressive birds even though they sometimes vex the "SUPER POWERful" bird. :)

No other bird besides the ABE is better suited to represent the spirit & image of the USA!!!
---Leon on 2/24/13

Let's do the math:)


C.N.1. Things which equal the same thing also equal one another.

C.N.2. If equals are added to equals, then the wholes are equal.

C.N.3. If equals are subtracted from equals, then the remainders are equal.

C.N.4. Things which coincide with one another equal one another.

C.N.5. The whole is greater than the part.

So it is with regards to the male & female American Bald Eagle (ABE), the perfect bird to represent "ALL" U.S. of American citizens!
---Leon on 2/24/13

Elder, Hey! Turkeys feed the nation on Thanksgiving and Christmas, Eagles feed themselves!
---1st_cliff on 2/24/13

There would not be ONE eagle WITHOUT the other.

Galatians 3:28
There is neither.

But note!
1 Corinthians 11:8-11
For man did not come from woman, but woman from man, 9 neither was man created for woman, but woman for man. 10 For this reason, and because of the angels, the woman ought to have a sign of authority on her head.

11 In the Lord, however, woman is not independent of man, nor is man independent of woman. 12 For as woman came from man, so also man is born of woman. But everything comes from God.
---bike4335 on 2/24/13

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"Benjamin Franklin did not like the eagle, he called a coward."
1st Cliff
Cliff ol' Bennie wanted the Turkey as our nations symbol. It is the wisest bird alive. That reminds me of you.
---Elder on 2/23/13

"LOL! :D Leon, you made my whole day with your comment! :D Thanks for the laugh, I needed it :D God bless :)"
---Mary on 2/23/13

At your service Ms. Mary & God's continued blessings upon you too! :)
---Leon on 2/23/13

Generally in bird families it is easy to identify the male for its colors which females generally are plainer (or less colorful). The eagle although a bird of prey is also considered majestic. Maybe the eagle was chosen to conceal all of the other symbols many which are linked to the real powers of the US government. However, as we are not talking about the remaining symbols the eagle pictured being male or female would probably only fuel the divide many feel is important of "equality" and the female camp will have feathers ruffled (no pun intended) and male camp will insist on its superiority all influenced by the prince of disobedience who causes strife in form of feminism.
---Follower_of_Christ on 2/23/13

Benjamin Franklin did not like the eagle, he called a coward.
The little King bird,about the size of a sparrow, would attack the eagle driving it away!
---1st_cliff on 2/23/13

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The U.S. Great Seal depicts two regal, bald eagles (male & female) that have "united" & become one glorious creation "UNDER GOD", clothed in immense power!!! (Isaiah 40:31)
---Leon on 2/22/13

I've always thought that the eagle was female.

Regardless, it's an engraving from an actual eagle (male or female). The gender could only be important to the eagle.
---jan4378 on 2/23/13

LOL! :D Leon, you made my whole day with your comment! :D Thanks for the laugh, I needed it :D God bless :)
---Mary on 2/23/13

Did they know the bigger one was the lady eagle and draw what they thought was the guy?

All the eagles care about is they are partners. May be, then, we need a picture of a married eagle couple who are sharing in helping each other, instead of an individual.

Having one individual could now represent how many have each one's own idol of independence which wrecks one's ability to share as equals doing what each one has to offer the other.

Why is there only one eagle, then????
---willie_c: on 2/22/13

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All I know is that the Philadelphia Eagles had a very poor year!
---1st_cliff on 2/22/13

You should go to the Great Seal and ask the eagle?

Who knows, you might be told, or you might find how strong their bite is!

I take eagle to be generally male because in Greek the term 'eagle' is by definition male unless defined otherwise, but that's just me
---Peter on 2/22/13

I think more important than the question of whether male or female is sexual orientation of the eagle in the present age. Eagles may become an endangered species if they give up the natural orientation. May be eagles are behind same-sex marriage and that is why their numbers are so low and now the rest of the nation has followed this great bird.
---born on 2/22/13

One one hand since they are "bald" eagles I'm guessing male.

On the other hand, since the eagle is a stealthy bird of prey with "eagle eye vision" that can swoop down and snatch unsuspecting prey from off the ground carry it to the tops of the cliff where the prey is devoured by the eagles young, I'm guessing it must be a female???
---trey on 2/22/13

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The eagle was chosen to properly align the United States into the prophecies of Nostradamus.

Just kidding, by the way.

Maybe that can add to the discussion?
---James_L on 2/22/13

According to Census 2000, 281.4 million people were counted in the United States 143.4 million of whom were female and 138.1 million male. Therefore, we can all most definitely conclude female citizens in the United States have a "much bigger body" than their male counterpart.

Oh boy, did I leave myself wide open with that one! Run Leon, ruuunnnnn. :D
---Leon on 2/22/13

Since the eagle on the great seal has a flag covering it's reproductive parts, we will never know.
---Jed on 2/22/13

Cluny, Probably like so many national symbols ,it could be a "stylized" eagle of neither gender!
---1st_cliff on 2/22/13

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Okay, let's have some fun! :) I read the only noticeable difference between the male & female bald eagle is size. The female is much larger. Otherwise, they both look alike. I think that noticeable "sameness" is the way it should be as it represents both male & female citizens of the United States. I also think it's Divine Providence the American bald eagle embodies the spirit of Isaiah 40:31.

Ben Franklin was brilliant, but I'm glad his idea to make the turkey our national symbol wasn't adopted. We'd now be the butt of endless turkey jokes showing us as a nation full of turkeys. Aren't you glad we aren't? :/ Also, male & female turkeys look vastly different from each other. Hello egalitarian feminist! :D
---Leon on 2/22/13

It's a she-male.
---born on 2/22/13

never thought about it
---Scott1 on 2/22/13

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