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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.
Spotted on Feb 12, 2012
Submitted on Jul 4, 2012
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39 Comments (1–25)
Thank you, JamesCramer
Thanks so very much for the kind words, Mona Pirih
Fantastic shot !!! Stunning !!
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.
A very belated thank you Adarsha B S, and Carol Milne for your comments.
Incredible photos. I am enjoying all your birds.
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.
This is Flagship bird of USA.... True identity.
This bird was definitely created to be an emblem - so majestic ! and you do it so much justice through your photography Willie...
absolutely stunning series.
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.
the first shot is absolutely amazing! love the series.
Glad you liked my capture, and series Chocolochao
Thank you so much SunnyJosef, I admire your spottings as well. I am looking forward to seeing more of your work.
I will work on adding my raptors to your mission Joshua, i think you need to work on changing the title of your mission.
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.
yeah Willie for sure haha! anything you want to add buddy :)
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?
Heya Willie! Please think about adding this spotting to Raptors of the World! :)