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Kate Davis Captures Unusual Bald Eagle Nesting Behavior in Images and Stories

Bald Eagle Nest: story of survival in photos, by Kate Davis

Benjamin Franklin was outvoted when he proposed the wild turkey as the official symbol of the United States. Instead, Bald Eagles won the vote.

During this program Chérie Newman talks with photographer, raptor expert, and writer Kate Davis about her latest book, Bald Eagle Nest: story of survival in photos.Their conversation includes stories about Davis's process of photographing as well as eagle anecdotes.

This unique book follows one Bald Eagle nest during a nesting season in which a pair of eagles managed to raise all four of their chicks to adulthood — a very rare feat. With spectacular images, Kate Davis shows feeding behavior, hunting, mating flight, the behavior of chicks in the nest, brooding and grooming, and the chicks' process of learning to fly. This is a close-up look at the lives of these once-endangered birds.

Kate Davis
Kate Davis

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Chérie Newman is a former arts and humanities producer and on-air host for Montana Public Radio, and a freelance writer. She founded and previously hosted a weekly literary program, The Write Question, which continues to air on several public radio stations; it is also available online at and
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