Bald Eagle, Haliaeetus leucocephalus


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Bald Eagles, coming in to land, above, and departing, below, at the Joe Overstreet Road boat launch on Lake Kissimmee south of Orlando, a fine place to observe these great birds in action.


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An adult flying by a seaside restaurant in Surry, on the Maine coast, in August.

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Again at the Joe Overstreet boat launch in Central Florida, Bald Eagles squabbling--the one on the right has a fish.

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A Bald Eagle alongside Joe Overstreet Road, taken on my first visit there, in 2008.
Central Florida has the largest population of Bald Eagles in the lower 48.


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Above and below, more Bald Eagle action at Joe Overstreet Road, this on my third visit there, in 2015--a pair perched together at the pond near the boat launch, and then one of them departing.

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The male of a pair of Bald Eagles in Anchorage, Alaska, perched and landing, above
and below, near the nest, in 2011.


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Above, the male lands in the nest carrying a fish in his left talon; below, the female feeds one of the
nestlings.


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Above, nestlings in full juvenal plumage, ready to fledge--this in beautiful Greenwood Cemetery, Orlando, where Bald Eagles regularly nest.


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Juvenile Bald Eagles, above in Montana, below in Northern California. Note mostly dark brown head, gray bill, variable amount of white mottling, and, diagnostic for juvenile, bright yellow rictal flange or "lip" at the back of the mouth on all these birds.


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Two more juvenile Bald Eagles, these near where I live in Northern California near
where I live--above in San Benito County, below in Santa Clara County.

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This juvenile shows the all-white axillaries or "wingpit" that decisively distinguishes immature Bald Eagles from Golden Eagles of the same age, which are uniformly dark in this area. Baldies also have substantially larger heads and bills and longer necks than Goldens, and in flight they glide with wings straight out, whereas Goldens hold their wings in a moderate dihedral, or "V".

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The mainly white head and tail, along with the mainly dark underparts and the
yellow bill of the immature Bald Eagle above, mark it as third year. The bird below,
seen high above Stanford's Inner Quad, is probably second year, with its gray bill,
cream-colored iris, and extensive white on the underparts. But Baldies in their
second and third years show a lot of variation in plumage, which can make them
hard to age; this one, for instance, shows more white on its head than is usual
for second year birds.


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