The eagle is the only bird that loves the storm. When it rains most birds head for shelter. When clouds gather the eagles get excited. The eagle is the only bird, that in order to avoid the rain, starts flying above the clouds. No other birds can fly as high as they do, and other birds hide in the branches of trees. The eagle uses the wings of the storm to rise and get pushed up higher. Once it finds the wings of the storm, the eagle stops flapping and uses the pressure of the raging storm to soar above the clouds and glide. This gives the eagle an opportunity to rest its wings. The old adage is true, birds of a feather flock together… and so also it is true, that eagles fly only with eagles. The Bible talks about the eagles in Isaiah 40:31:
“…Those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.”
Eagles have the ability to rest as they soar. They also have amazing eyesight. They can focus up to 5 kilometers from the air. When an eagle sights prey, even a rodent from this distance, he will narrow his focus, and set out to get it. He doesn’t remove his focus, until he gets his prey. An eagle’s strength is also incredible. They have been known to take down a deer, when searching for food.
Eagles generally mate for life. Courtship involves elaborate, spectacular calls and flight displays. The flight includes swoops, chases, and cartwheels, in which they fly high, lock talons, and free fall, separating just before hitting the ground. The female goes through a testing period with the male. She flies down to earth with the male pursuing her, and she picks up a twig, and with him still pursuing her, she flies to a height and drops the twig. She watches as she drops it, and the male retrieves it before it hits the ground. He returns it to her, and she flies higher, and drops the twig again. The eagles will do this for hours, it is a test for the male, which shows the male’s commitment to her. It is only when she feels confident in the male, that the female will mate with him.
The eagles pick a spot high in the air, free from predators, where they will build their nest. The male will gather thorns and sticks for the base of the nest, and then place carpets of grass and soft items such as leaves and feathers to fill it. The thorns and sticks help to keep predators out. Both parents will sit on the eggs. When the birds hatch, the female stays in the nest most of the time, while the male hunts for food. Usually there are one or two babies, sometimes three. One of the parents will stay with the babies at all times, while they are small. Both parents help to raise the babies.
At 10-12 weeks, it is time for the eaglet to learn to fly, the mother will hover over the baby, showing it how to fly. Then all at once the mother pushes the little one out of the nest, and the eaglet falls down the face of the cliff. The mother and father eagles fly down, catching the little one on their backs and on their wings, and fly up depositing it back in the nest. The mother begins to remove the feathers, leaves and grass from the nest, to make it uncomfortable, so the eaglet will learn to fly. Over the next one to two months, the parents leave the nest more, and feed the eaglet less, so that it begins to get thinner, and want to hunt. The baby will practice flying and hunting in the nest until it begins hunting on its own, and leaves the nest for good.
The eagle has the longest life span of its species. It can live to be 70. But to reach this age, it has to make one of the hardest decisions of its life. When it crosses the age of 40, its flexible talons can no longer grab prey which serves as food. It’s long and sharp beak becomes bent. It’s old-aged and heavy wings, due to its thick feathers, become stuck to its chest and make it difficult to fly. Then the eagle is left with only two options: Die, or go through a painful process which lasts 150 days.
The process requires that the eagle fly to a mountain top and sit on its nest. There the eagle knocks its beak against a rock, until it plucks it out. After plucking it out, the eagle will wait for a new beak to grow. Then it will pluck out it’s talons. When its talons grow back, the eagle will pluck out it’s old-aged feathers. While there he plucks out every feather on his body, until he is completely bare. And after five months, the eagle takes its famous flight of rebirth, and lives for another 30 years.
We can Learn these 6 Principles from the Eagles:
- We can use the storms of our lives to rise to greater heights. Over-comers relish challenges and use them to become profitable, and for a greater good.
- Have a vision and remain focused no matter what the obstacle, and then you will succeed.
- Whether in private life or business, test the commitment of people before partnering with them. Test before you trust. Both parents play an important role, in raising their children. Remember that eagles fly with eagles, chose your friends and partners carefully.
- Prepare yourself and the next generation, by passing useful knowledge on to your children. Teach your children to fly, being protective of them during the learning process. Sometimes we need to let them feel discomfort, and let them learn from their own mistakes, especially when it’s time for them to stand on their own. Teach them about God, His commandments and His ways.
- When we begin to feel uncomfortable about something ourselves, it may be time for us to move forward, and progress in an area.
- Many times in order to survive, like the eagle, we have to start a new process that requires making changes. We sometimes need to get rid of old memories, habits, and other past traditions. Discard what is worthless in our lives, and be renewed. Freed from past burdens, we can take advantage of the present. I believe that lasting change comes from God. Spend some time in prayer, asking God to help you make changes. It was difficult for the eagle, but worthwhile, it gave him 30 more years of life. Some of the most difficult changes, can be the most rewarding.
- Resources: Dr. Myles Monroe, the Bible, Wikipedia, Google Images