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Bald Eagle

Haliaeetus leucocephalus

Description:

The adult bald eagle is large bird of prey with a white head and tail and dark brown body. Feet and strongly-hooked beak are yellow. Immature bald eagles are brown with irregular white splotching under the wings and on the breast . Feet and beak of immature are brown. The adult plumage starts to appear in the fourth year. Females are larger than males.

Habitat:

Usually found along large water features, where they feed on fish. They will, however, venture into upland areas to hunt rabbits and other prey.

Notes:

I was photographing trumpeter swans when this eagle appears. They have become quite common in Minnesota and Wisconsin, especially along the Mississippi and St. Croix River systems.

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Gordon Dietzman
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Gordon Dietzman

Hudson, Wisconsin, USA

Spotted on Jan 1, 2013
Submitted on Mar 4, 2013

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