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Bald Eagle

Haliaeetus leucocephalus

Description:

The Bald Eagle dwarfs most other raptors, including the Turkey Vulture and Red-tailed Hawk. It has a heavy body, large head, and long, hooked bill. In flight, a Bald Eagle holds its broad wings flat like a board. Adult Bald Eagles have white heads and tails with dark brown bodies and wings. Their legs and bills are bright yellow. Immature birds have mostly dark heads and tails; their brown wings and bodies are mottled with white in varying amounts. Young birds attain adult plumage in about five years.

Habitat:

Farmland near open grassland, active prairie dog town and small lake!

Notes:

On an afternoon hike, I came upon two bald eagles, just as they were finishing a meal. The younger of the two flew away first. This one stayed a little longer, preened and then joined it's mate. I believe this is one of the two bald eagles that lives in the area year round and mates in the Spring.

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4 Comments

EmilyMarino
EmilyMarino 6 years ago

Thank you Marybeth! This is one of two resident baldys that live up the road from me! They are always so much fun to watch!

MarybethRees
MarybethRees 6 years ago

Incredible!!

EmilyMarino
EmilyMarino 6 years ago

Thanks again Joshua! I just got a new lens. (It's a used canon telephoto 70mm-300mm, but it's new to me!) I can't tell if I'm 100% happy with it yet, but I need to take it out shooting a little more before I decide!

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 6 years ago

This is awesome! great shots I really like 'em. what kind of lens are you using?

EmilyMarino
Spotted by
EmilyMarino

Colorado, USA

Lat: 39.94, Long: -105.10

Spotted on Nov 18, 2012
Submitted on Nov 19, 2012

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