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- Bald eagles can fly at highway speeds and can spot fish within three square miles while flying 1,000 feet in the air.

- Bald eagles in South Carolina are smaller than the species farther north.

- Its talons clamp like a spring lock.

- Occasionally, they birds hunt cooperatively, with one flushing prey toward another.

- They prefer fish but feed opportunistically; can eat large birds, mammals and carrion; routinely scavenge in landfills.

- Bald eagles engage in spectacular flight displays. Courting pairs fly to high altitude, lock feet together, and then tumble and cartwheel toward the ground, breaking off at the last moment.

SOURCES: Cornell Lab of Ornithology, S.C. Natural Resources, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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