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Bald Eagle

Haliaeetus leucocephalus


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.

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Liam 8 years ago
Bald Eagle (2nd cycle)
Haliaeetus leucocephalus Bald Eagle, Identification, All About Birds - Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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TishannePatterson 8 years ago

Thank you everyone for commenting and enjoying my pictures of this young Bald eagle.
Thank you Christy Holland for the invite,mission. I happily accept!

TishannePatterson 8 years ago

Thank you Liam. Your Noah pages are wonderful!

ChristyHolland 8 years ago

Nice spotting! I'd love you to add this spotting to the mission Raptors of North America:

Sam5 8 years ago

Bald Eagles are so beautiful. Great shots especially the 2nd one

the_tajminator 8 years ago

the second picture is amazing

Ocean Shores, Washington, USA

Spotted on Aug 19, 2010
Submitted on Jul 3, 2012

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