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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

bald eagle immature

bald eagle 2nd year

bald eagle 2nd year 02

Bald EagleHaliaeetus leucocephalus – also known as Le pygargue à tête blanche (French), aigle à tête blanche (French), Amerikaanse zeearend (Dutch), Weißkopf-Seeadler (German), and Pigargo Americano (Spanish).

Juvenile bald eagles have white underwings and brown heads, so they are easy to distinguish from the all brown, white-headed adults. You can tell 1st-year juveniles from 2nd-year juveniles by the white belly on the 2nd-year juveniles (pictures 1 and 3). 1st-year juveniles, while having the white underwings, still have a brown belly.

If you see a juvenile from the top while flying, the 2nd-year juvenile has the white “triangle” patch on his upper back/shoulder blade area (picture 2).

In the winter time, when the Mississippi River isn’t completely frozen, the eagles like to sit on the edge of the ice and watch for fish (picture 3). I’ve never seen an eagle actually snag a fish from such a spot, but you’ll find nearly the same number of eagles standing on the ice as you will perched in the nearby Bur Oak trees that line the Mississippi.

Photos taken with the Canon Digital Rebel XT / 350D and a Sigma 70-300mm Lens on February 2, 2008 at Lock and Dam 14.

Related posts:

  1. Bald Eagle – Adult and Juvenile in Tree
  2. Bald Eagle, Juvenile
  3. Juvenile Bald Eagles
  4. Bald Eagle – Adult on Ice
  5. Bald Eagle with Fish

Posted by: Mike in: Birds,In Flight,Iowa at 12:01 am

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4 Responses to “Bald Eagle – 2nd Year Juvenile”
  1. 1
    Sally Says:

    Ahhh… well then, those were definitely Golden Eagles that we saw in the field one day. I thought they were, but someone said that they might be juvenile Balds. Thanks for the description!

  2. 2
    Kathleen Says:

    Hi Mike-

    This is your cousin. I wandered over here from facebook thanks to Emily. Your photographs are beautiful. I didn’t realize how accomplished a wildlife photographer you are. Have you thought about selling prints? Or at least gifting them, I am sure anyone in the family would be proud to have one of these to hang in their home.

    thats all
    Kathleen

  3. 3
    Moe Says:

    Sally – I would love to see a Golden Eagle sometime. I’m not sure if I would be any good at identifying one, though.

    Kat – Thanks! I’ve never thought about selling any of the prints, but I have thought about trying to print out good copies somewhere in hopes of framing them. Haven’t found a good place, though. I heard CostCo and Sam’s Club will print out large good quality photos for a good price, but I have not ever checked myself.

  4. 4
    sandy Says:

    Those were some great pics..

    sandy

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