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Bald Eagle

Haliaeetus leucocephalus


Adult eagles have dark brown bodies, white heads, yellow legs beak and eyes. First year chicks are totally dark brown (including eyes), each year becoming more mottled until they have full adult plummage at around 5 years. Their wingspan is 7'. The female is a bit larger and bulkier than the male.


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Inland Fisheries and wildlife banded and took blood samples from this chick to determine the levels of PCBs it was carrying. I had the privilege of helping them get out to the island where the nest is. The full scroll down story is here:

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galewhale..Gale 10 years ago

Thanks!!! I never imagined I would hold an eagle!!

windmustache 10 years ago

Amazing story!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 10 years ago

Wow nice work... True adventure for conservation... Appreciable..!!

KarenL 10 years ago

Great story!

galewhale..Gale 10 years ago

I stayed firmly on the ground

galewhale..Gale 10 years ago

It was quite the process! First having to climb a very tall pine, put the chick in a bag while parents circled above, lower the bag without letting it bump. Then the process of banding and blood samples and then hauling the chick back up again and gently putting her back in the nest. And they had several more to do that week!!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 10 years ago

Nice story to know actual banding work.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 10 years ago

In second picture its so cute..!!

galewhale..Gale 10 years ago

Thanks Nichole... it was an honor to be there

NicoleB 10 years ago

They are so big! wow!
Amazing story and yes, lucky you were :D

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Maine, USA

Spotted on Jun 6, 2009
Submitted on Mar 10, 2011

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