The adult Bald Eagle is mainly brown- to blackish, with a white head and tail. The sexes are identical in plumage, but females are larger than males. The beak is large and hooked. The plumage of the immature is brown, it will remain that way for about 5 years. Bald Eagles are not actually bald, the name is derived from the older meaning of the word, "white headed".
Most of Canada and Alaska, all of the contiguous United States, and northern Mexico. It is found near large bodies of open water with an abundant food supply and old-growth trees for nesting. They will migrate to find open water in their northern most territories, with many birds from Canada, flying south as needed in able to fish continually during the winter, when lakes tend to freeze over solid.
This eagle may be the same eagle I photographed two years ago. This bird was on the same lake and in the same exact area as my earlier spotting. This bird is banded, and I am not certain the other one was. My earlier photos do not show a band. I had one chance to catch him fishing and I managed to clip his wings on both captures. Maybe next year, if I have the opportunity to visit the area again.
Lat: 46.02, Long: -89.33
Spotted on Aug 5, 2012
Submitted on Aug 9, 2012
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