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Bald Eagle

Haliaeetus leucocephalus


The Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus Greek hali = salt, aeetus = eagle, leuco = white, cephalis = head) is a bird of prey found in North America. It is the national bird of the United States of America and appears on its Seal. This sea eagle has two known sub-species and forms a species pair with the White-tailed Eagle. Its range includes 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.


A juvenile carrying an empty plastic water bottle.

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Steve Lenz
Steve Lenz 9 years ago

It sat for a while biting the bottle making quite the racket (crackling plastic sounds). I suppose like most juveniles it could be a combination of inexperience and play to learn skills. I would think after the first bite it would realize it wasn't a food item. It made no attempts to swallow any of the bottle.

EmilyMarino 9 years ago

I wonder why he was carrying off the bottle? Inexperienced juvenile? Playing? Perhaps it was shimmering like a fish in the water? Great shot, all be it a sad site.

Maria dB
Maria dB 9 years ago

Agree with Ava

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 9 years ago

That is beautiful (the bird) but sad (the plastic bottle).

Steve Lenz
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Steve Lenz

Pasco, Washington, USA

Spotted on Mar 31, 2012
Submitted on Sep 28, 2012


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