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Bald Eagle

Haliaeetus leucocephalus


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.


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


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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