Have you ever come across the myth that bald eagles mate while flying? It goes several ways. One way is that they free-fall, legs entwines with each other as they plummet towards the earth, managing to end their copulation either quite effectively and with plenty of time to spare, or just in the nick of time. Another supposed method is that the eager and willing birds will meet mid flight, embrace one another and mate. I’ll admit that it sounds pretty amazing, but as the late nature lover and animal campaigner Steve Irwin would say, is it fair dinkum (true)?
The spectacle of eagles interlocking with one another in what appears to be a mating ritual is well documented. Many many people have not only seen this act being carried out, but have also filmed it in action. But what hasn’t been proven is if bald eagles mate while flying. Apart from grappling one another and thrashing about in the air, there is no visual proof that they are engaging in sex. Sure, people who engage in a little rough sex may think that because they like it rough and risky, every other living animal must also. But the lack of visual proof is deafening.