Another classic animal story from Daniel P. Mannix, author of “The Fox and the Hound,” “Troubled Waters, the Story of a Fish, a Stream, and a Pond,” and “The Backyard Zoo.”
Male bald eagles are smaller than their sisters and must struggle from the beginning to survive. Because size matters in the eagle world, baby boy eagles have to be smarter and more agile than their big sisters who snap up the choicest tidbits and may even eat bothersome siblings if provoked.
The Last Eagle is the story of a male bald eagle born in a huge nest high in an elm tree overlooking the Chesapeake Bay where he is raised by dedicated and attentive parents. As he grows and matures he flaps his way through a number of maturational experiences as he is rendered helpless by an agitated skunk, stashes tools for exercise and rainy day entertainment including an old clorox bottle and a dead eel, tangles with a banded water snake, is duped by a pair of ospreys, manages to get himself waterlogged by a catfish, and perfects his aerial tactics when he is seduced by an older female. Which just goes to show that if you can get out of the nest before being eaten by your sister, life is good.
Author Daniel Pratt Mannix based The Last Eagle on his own personal experience raising a bald eagle as well data accumulated during years of observing and filming eagles. Alight with eagle facts and information, feathered with humor, and nested in a commentary on the fate of the bald eagle in North America, The Last Eagle is sure to entice readers to join other bird watchers and animal lovers as they raise their binoculars together in a heartfelt toast. “To the bald eagle! The lion of the sky!”
Daniel P. Mannix was a uniquely gifted writer of animal stories. I highly recommend his books.