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The adult Bald Eagle is mainly brown with a white head and tail. The sexes are identical in plumage, but females are larger than males. The plumage of an adult Bald Eagle is evenly brown with a white head and tail. The tail is moderately long and slightly wedge-shaped. The beak, feet and irides are bright yellow. The plumage of the immature is brown, speckled with white(link) until the fifth year, when it reaches sexual maturity. Note: Stages of Bald Eagle age coloring, development at link provided "How old is that Eagle"
Bald Eagle prefers habitats near seacoasts, rivers, large lakes, oceans, and other large bodies of open water with an abundance of fish. The Bald Eagle requires old-growth and mature stands of coniferous or hardwood trees for perching, roosting, and nesting near large bodies of water. Occasionally Bald Eagles will venture into large estuaries or secluded groves within major cities.
This young Bald Eagle is very large compared to adult Bald Eagles in our area. Our coastal home is on the bay with old,tall trees. This Bald Eagle chose a tree close to our home to perch. It was wonderful to observe and enjoy watching this Bald Eagle. It was not intimidated by my presence.
Spotted on Aug 19, 2010
Submitted on Jul 3, 2012