Date: Sun Feb 25 2001 - 12:59:32 EST
Challenge Question #5: Why do you think eagles carry their prey with their talons instead of their beaks? List as many good reasons as you can.
I think that they hold it in their talons because if they pant with the fish in their mouth, then the fish will fall out. Sometimes eagles would pant to even out their temperature if they are hot.
If they tried catching fish in their mouth, they might miss it, and even though they are good swimmers, they might go too deep and drown, so it's better to catch fish in their talons than in their mouths. It would be inconvenient to catch in their feet and transfer it to their mouth, so that is another reason.
And, they have this mouth effect that if they bit down on the fish with his beak, it would be, "bye-bye, lunch" because it would cut through the fish and the pieces would drop while the eagle is flying.
from, David Ritter
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