Bald Eagle Gallery

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We are all familiar with the easily identifiable adult plumage of our majestic Bald Eagle.

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Bald Eagle

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Bald Eagle

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It takes approximately 5½ years for the Bald Eagle to attain full adult plumage.

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Bald Eagle

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Until then, juvenile and immature eagles go through a series of variable plumage.

Juvenile birds (½ year) have the least variable plumage with overall dark colors.

From 1½ through 4½ years of age, the plumages become more diverse and unpredictable, making it very difficult to actually age an immature Bald Eagle.

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Bald Eagle (immature)

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Bald Eagle (adult)

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Bald Eagle with something to say

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Bald Eagle (immature)

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Bald Eagle (adult)

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Bald Eagle (immature)

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Good look at coloring of this immature Bald Eagle

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Bald Eagle (adult)

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This next eagle photo is a bonus treat.  I gave Grandson #2 his first real camera, a point-and-shoot with zoom lens, for his 6th birthday this past January.  During one of his recent sleepovers, he and I went to the refuge to count and shoot birds with his new camera.

It was very exciting when we spotted an Eagle that worked for him out his car window.  And how perfectly wonderful it works with my gallery here. 🥰 Grandma proud!

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KODAK Digital Still Camera

Bald Eagle
(taken by Grandson #2, age 6)

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(All photos taken at Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge, Rock Hall, Maryland)

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67 thoughts on “Bald Eagle Gallery

  1. A beautiful gallery of eagles, Donna! I especially love the head shot of the adult in the pine tree. Looks like your grandson might be following your bird photography footsteps. 😊 He must have been excited to get his own picture!

    • Thank you, Barbara! The close-up shot one really had it’s eye on me. hehe Yes, little Matt is still bragging about his eagle photo. He also got shots of an Osprey, GBH, and a muskrat. The muskrat was a bonus, lol.

  2. Wonderful photos! I love seeing all of the different stages of eagles in these photos. Also, love the idea of giving your grandson a real camera and taking him out! I’m sure he will remember that forever.

    • Thank you, Dawn! I am addicted to photographing Eagles. 🙂 I had bought grandson #1 (10yo) a camera for his 6th birthday too. Got a third grandson going on 6 next year. Teach them early! 😉

    • Thank you, Pepper! I am quite proud of Matt’s eagle shot. 😉 He was also successful with a GBH, an Osprey in a tree and even a muskrat, lol. Oh, you will have so much fun going out with your granddaughter and your cameras, walking with nature.

  3. You are a wonderful photographer and grandma, Donna, and I expect a great teacher to your grandson. I hope he will continue to enjoy looking at and photographing birds. 🦅

    • Thank you, Tanja! Grandson #2 & I have gone again and he was calling out cormorants, eagles and osprey, actually ticking off as we seen birds. I felt so proud of him! Grandson #1 just turned 11 and got his first cell phone from his parents, crazy, I know… I now have him hooked on the Merlin app. He calls me excitedly, telling me what he’s seen and heard. 🙂 Two down, two grandsons to go, soon as they each turn six! 😉

    • Thank you, Steve! I’ve had a few really intense stare downs while photographing them, making me feel a little uneasy, lol. We are lucky to see them daily. And like a kid seeing candy, I still get excited when I see one!! 😉

  4. Amazing photos, Donna! What a nice variety of ages you caught, too. Last year we got to witness an eagle’s nest on Facebook, right in our neighborhood and watched the eaglet mature until the hot weather caused it to fledge early. What I noticed is the juveniles have darker eyes than the adults who are pale yellow. Journey the eagle was rescued and let back into the wild but the super smart parents built their nest this year in a shady spot that cameras can’t see. Thanks for sharing!

    • Thank you, Terri! Yes the eyes are dark…..and so mysterious, lol. Those adult pale yellow eyes somehow can really pierce through you! How cool the parents to build in shade AND hide from the world, hehe. BTW, I love the name Journey for an eagle!

  5. The Bald Eagle is so beautiful, that always leaves me in awe. You are so lucky to have them placticaly near you. Your photos are fantastic as always. Thank you, Donna for the delighful post. 🙂

  6. I enjoyed this excellent series of bald eagle photos, Donna, very much. We are so lucky to still have them on this planet after their near extinction that I still find it a thrill to see each individual, and clearly you do too, because you’ve got some wonderful shots here. That close-up in the pine tree is stunning. And kudos for bringing the joy of eagles and photography early into your grandsons’ lives.

    • Thank you, Jet! What a joy it is our majestic Eagles made a tremendous comeback, so glad you enjoyed these. I see them often AND I still stretch my neck to see another! 😉 I have to giggle at my grandboys, they are always eager to tell me about their bird sightings, I just love it. Yesterday Grandson #3 (5 yo) called out an Osprey up in the sky while we were playing. He saw it first, I was so proud to know I’ve got them watching & IDing birds already. One is bound to be a birder as an adult! 😉

  7. Fantastic photos! Eagles are such beautiful birds. Wow! Photography at 6! That’s great and a good photo too. Wonderful you’re passing photography along to your grandson.

    • Thank you, Simon! I still get a thrill and stretch my neck to see an Eagle! My three grandboys (#4 is arriving this fall!) have seen me with a camera since birth and know I love birds. Getting #2 involved now is exciting! I’ve got Grandson #1 having additional fun now learning birds with the Merlin app too. 🙂

  8. What a great gift to hand down to your grandson and I am sure he will enjoy the many outings the two of you will have – look forward to seeing more images as he progresses through his photography maturity – love the Eagles!

    • Thank you! My grandboys know my love for my camera and birds. Kids these days pick up technology so easily, it’s impressive to see a 6 yo work a small point and shoot after teaching him the buttons. Grandson #3 is next in another year! 😉

  9. Great shots Donna. I had no idea their plumage was so variable.

    Good job getting all the grandkids into it. 😊

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