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Bald Eagle

Haliaeetus leucocephalus


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.


Photographed along the Mississippi River near open water. The eagles that are found along the Mississippi River in this area, are probably birds that have come down From Canada and other areas, to find open water to fish.

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39 Comments (1–25)

Matthew Eppihimer
Matthew Eppihimer 7 years ago


williefromwi 10 years ago

Thank you, JamesCramer

JamesCramer 10 years ago


williefromwi 11 years ago

Thanks so very much for the kind words, Mona Pirih

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 11 years ago

Fantastic shot !!! Stunning !!

williefromwi 11 years ago

Thank you for your comments, EnvUnlimited. The last photo is a fairly tight crop, the eagle was flying so close that I was unable to get the full bird in my capture. So rather then discard the photo, I simply cropped it to show the amazing detail of this beautiful bird.

williefromwi 11 years ago

A very belated thank you Adarsha B S, and Carol Milne for your comments.

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 11 years ago

Stunning captures!

Carol Milne
Carol Milne 11 years ago

Incredible photos. I am enjoying all your birds.

williefromwi 11 years ago

Thanks so much for the comments, Satyen, Ashish, Leuba, and Telsa. I appreciate you taking the time to both look at, and comment on my spotting.

Wild Things
Wild Things 11 years ago

Terrific pics!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 11 years ago

This is Flagship bird of USA.... True identity.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 11 years ago

This bird was definitely created to be an emblem - so majestic ! and you do it so much justice through your photography Willie...

Telse 11 years ago

absolutely stunning series.

williefromwi 11 years ago

Thank you MariaPomsaharova, In the winter I generally drive out of state and spend several days watching and trying to photograph these majestic birds. I am thrilled you enjoyed my series and appreciate you taking the time to comment.

MariaPomsaharova 11 years ago

the first shot is absolutely amazing! love the series.

williefromwi 11 years ago

Glad you liked my capture, and series Chocolochao

Chocolochao 11 years ago


williefromwi 11 years ago

Thank you so much SunnyJosef, I admire your spottings as well. I am looking forward to seeing more of your work.

sunnyjosef 11 years ago

Great spotting.

williefromwi 11 years ago

I will work on adding my raptors to your mission Joshua, i think you need to work on changing the title of your mission.

KarenL 11 years ago

Bill, the mission is a local one only. I emailed Joshua last week asking him to change the title & instructions but as he has failed to do so I have done this for him.

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 11 years ago

yeah Willie for sure haha! anything you want to add buddy :)

williefromwi 11 years ago

Joshua, I have a few eagle spottings a few great horned owl spottings, an Osprey spotting, a kestrel spotting, would you like me to add them all too?

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 11 years ago

Heya Willie! Please think about adding this spotting to Raptors of the World! :)

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Clinton, Iowa, United States

Spotted on Feb 12, 2012
Submitted on Jul 4, 2012

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