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Another Raptor, This Time A Juvenile Eagle

After photographing the Red-shouldered Hawk in my previous post, I got lucky a few hours later with another raptor passing over me in the late morning sun.

 

Bald Eagle (juvenile/immature, approx. 2 years old)

 

This Bald Eagle is approximately two years old.

 

Bald Eagle (juvenile/immature, approx. 2 years old)

 

The majestic Bald Eagle does not attain its adult plumage with the prominent pure white head, pure white tail, bright yellow beak, and dark brown body until it is 5 years old.

 

Bald Eagle (juvenile/immature, approx. 2 years old)

 

Bald Eagle (juvenile/immature, approx. 2 years old)

 

Immature Eagles are often mistaken for hawks or vultures because of their dark and mottled coloring.

 

Bald Eagle (juvenile/immature, approx. 2 years old)

 

Bald Eagle (juvenile/immature, approx. 2 years old)

 

Suddenly this beauty went into circling above me, giving me several gorgeous photo opportunities with the sun backlighting the Eagle’s wingspan and tail’s feathers.  Here’s the two I loved the most.

 

Bald Eagle (juvenile/immature, approx. 2 years old)

 

Bald Eagle (juvenile/immature, approx. two years old)

 

No matter its age or the hundreds of Eagles I’ve seen over the years, it is always a thrill to see another one!

 

 

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