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Bald Eagle

Haliaeetus leucocephalus

Description:

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. Males and females are identical in plumage coloration, but sexual dimorphism is evident in the species in that females are 25 percent larger than males.[2] The beak, feet and irides are bright yellow. The legs are feather-free, and the toes are short and powerful with large talons. The highly developed talon of the hind toe is used to pierce the vital areas of prey while it is held immobile by the front toes.[3] The beak is large and hooked, with a yellow cere.[4] (Wikipedia)

Habitat:

Along the edge of the Columbia River

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2 Comments

Steve Lenz
Steve Lenz 9 years ago

This particular one is not carrying anything. I do have a shot of a juvenile eagle carrying an empty water bottle! It was funny to watch.

I have joined the mission and will add some of my findings.

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 9 years ago

Beautiful shot. If this beautiful bird is carrying something in its talons, it could go in the Hunters and Animal Feeding Behavior mission at http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/8463...

Steve Lenz
Spotted by
Steve Lenz

Pasco, Washington, USA

Spotted on Dec 31, 2011
Submitted on Sep 27, 2012

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