Bald Eagels II

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© Desiree Adams
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Another photo of these beautiful birds, from my trip to Louisiana.

The word "bald" originally meant "white-headed." The scientific name, Haliaeetus leucocephalus, means "white-headed sea eagle" in Latin.

Male and female bald eagles are identical in color. The distinctive white head and tail mark an adult, a sexually mature bird that is at least 4 to 5 years old. Younger individuals are almost solid brown, although a general mottling in the body feathers and a light coloration in the head and tail develop in older immatures. Both young and adult bald eagles have yellow legs. The young birds have a dark beak and black eyes, both of which turn bright yellow as they become adults.

With up to a 7-foot wingspan, the bald eagle is one of the largest birds of prey in the world. Adults are 3 to 3 1/2 feet tall and weigh 8 to 15 pounds. Like many predatory birds, the female is larger than the male, but size cannot be used conclusively for identification.

Nests usually are built near the top of a large tree. Enlarged annually, a bald eagle nest can become the largest of any North American bird. The record nest measured 20 feet deep, 10 feet wide and weighed two tons!

Immature bald eagles often are confused with golden eagles, which also are nearly solid brown. One characteristic that sets the two species apart is the legs. The bald eagle’s legs are naked, while golden eagles have feathers all the way down to the talons. In flight, bald eagles soar with flat wings while golden eagles soar with their wings raised in a slight "V."

16 responses

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (14 Jan 2010):

    This is an incredible shot!!


    JOE FAILK gave props (14 Jan 2010):

    Thanks for the info interesting. Great shot!

  • JamesHarmon McQuilkin

    JamesHarmon McQuilkin   gave props (14 Jan 2010):

    Amazing capture that few will make in a lifetime--colours, clarity, balance+++++

  • H T

    H T (Deleted) gave props (14 Jan 2010):

    What a great shot!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (14 Jan 2010):


  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight (Deleted) gave props (14 Jan 2010):

    Alternate title: "Bad Dudes, II" Nice shot, Red.

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (15 Jan 2010):

    This is an amazing capture and a very interesting caption. You have done a wonderful job, Bravo!

  • Anne Worner

    Anne Worner (Deleted) gave props (15 Jan 2010):

    Wow, a double shot - fabulous!

  • Carlos Aviles

    Carlos Aviles (Deleted) gave props (17 Jan 2010):

    Great shot.

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (18 Jan 2010):

    Stunning capture of two magnificent birds - 7' wing span - wow!

  • Pamela Hubbard

    Pamela Hubbard (Deleted) gave props (19 Jan 2010):

    Wow what a fantastic shot! I love all the info too!

  • Elizabeth Saporito

    Elizabeth Saporito gave props (24 Jan 2010):

    Absolutely incredible.

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) gave props (24 Jan 2010):

    WOW! This is outstanding!

  • Genevieve Genevieve

    Genevieve Genevieve gave props (25 Jan 2010):

    jesus this is amazing

  • Brendan Smith

    Brendan Smith gave props (1 Feb 2010):

    Great shot, very nice capture. I will be heading to Louisiana in 2 weeks, I need to keep my eye open.

  • Dunja Kolar

    Dunja Kolar gave props (23 Feb 2010):

    excellent photo!!!like it

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