Free Reign-Bald Eagle
By Stephen Herrero
The bald eagle was chosen in 1782 as a symbol of the United States of America because of its long life, great strength and majestic looks. Dwarfing most other North American raptors, it was once on the endangered species list but has recently been removed. The adult is a striking dark brownish bird with a white head and tail and deep yellow bill, legs and feet. It is majestic and easily recognized. Females are larger than males and have a slightly longer wingspan which can range from 6-1/2' to 7-1/2' with a body length of 3' to 3-1/2' and a weight between 6 to 8 lbs. They are a predator with excellent eyesight, the frontal setting of their eyes gives them excellent binocular vision as well as peripheral vision. Spending hours perched in trees overlooking water, these powerful birds of prey use their talons to catch fish, sometimes birds, especially waterfowl, and on occasion small mammals. Whether it's a territorial battle or courtship ritual, it's a sight to behold when two eagles with clasped talons spin downward, letting go only when they've almost reached the ground. Believed to mate for life, bald eagles will construct enormous stick nests for their clutch of 1-3 eggs, some weighing up to a ton and measuring 8' across.
This imposing sculpture by Stephen Herrero is called Free Reign. It will add a classic, patriotic touch to your wildlife collection, your office or den. Cold cast alabaster, it is hand-painted in exquisite detail. Measures 11" (tip of bill to tip of tail feathers) x 5" wide (body) x 10-1/4" (table to top of tail feathers). Metal identity plate. Weighs 6 lbs. 10.5 oz. Very impressive depiction of our national bird.