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Young eaglets are totally brown with brown eyes. They get their white head and tail plus yellow eyes and legs by the time they mature around year 5. This is the chick of the year 2011 just beginning to test its wings.
This nest is on an island in a protected saltwater bay. The Island has conservation easements so the nest will, we hope, remain undisturbed. The bay is 12 feet deep or more at high tide but drains out to just a stream which makes it progressively easier for the adults to catch ducks and fish for their chicks.
The lighting was much better this time. Managed to come from the south rather than the east so late afternoon sun didn't back light the chick so much.