Two Bald Eagles in a Tangle

John L. Dengler spies a pair of eagles tumbling through the skies.

Bald Eagles are majestic enough on their own, but when they clasp talons and cartwheel through the air as part of a courtship or territorial display, they become all the more breathtaking. Hunting, habitat loss, and widespread use of the pesticide DDT nearly drove this iconic bird to extinction. But in over 40 years of careful stewardship, the Bald Eagle has managed to rebound—the bird was removed from the endangered species list in 2007. The Audubon Center for Birds of Prey has rehabilitated and released hundreds of Bald Eagles, helping to restore them to their natural range across the U.S. and Canada.

This image was a Top 100 photo from the 2011 Audubon Magazine Photography Awards. To see all of the photos, click here.

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