Excellent work!!!t. Both have long-tailed, small-headed silhouettes, and they share a habit of soaring in a dihedral posture, with wings raised a bit above the flat horizontal. Thanks so much for this post and great pictures. I know adults and young juveniles, but the intermediary, mottled plumage throws me in terms of aging the eagle. It includes images of flight feathers of hundreds of birds in male, female and juvenile plumage. How wonderful to be able to see the different stages of the Eagle, your beautiful photos and your descriptions in one page. Don’t miss our popular bird identification column, which appears in every issue of Bird Watcher’s Digest. Get professional advice from the editors of, How to Identify Bald Eagles, Young and Old. Click here to see our current subscription offers! », Poll question: How comfortable are you with spotting scopes? », North America’s 10 Most Interesting Birds », Poll Question: Do You Belong to a Local Bird Club? The tails of juveniles are also longer, which means their shape is a bit more like golden eagles. . 1/2000, f/6.3, ISO 500, 500 f/4, 1.4 tc, not baited, set up or called in, 1/800, f/8, ISO 500, 500 f/4, natural light, not baited, set up or called in. That area is for viewing at times other than winter. », Poll Question: Will you travel outside the continental US in 2020 to experience birds and nature? Explore. I remember back in the 70’s when the only breeding pair left in the state was at Fish Lake. Some 10,000 + species of birds have been the envy of people around the world as they help spread color through the sky. You may be wondering why tails haven’t been discussed yet. Plumage stages are highly variable, depending on molt sequence, age and timing so other factors like iris and beak color are also taken into account when estimating age. That updated and improved version of this post can be found here. Thank you so much! What will they change to? Fish and Wildlife database of bird feathers, the Feather Atlas. The secondaries are quite long and the wingtips blunt. Late one December I found myself among a loose aggregation of birders standing by a roadside in Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Delaware. LOL! Thank you Ron!!! Their tails can be dark, white, or some of each. Earlier this month I observed an interesting event. It’s getting to breading season here in the San Antonio and Corpus Christi areas, and I’m very much looking forward to the awesome waterbird and pelagic raptor plumage we’ll be getting. A fully mature adult. It’s gratifying to know more eagles are nesting in Utah now. . Thank you for taking the time and explaining the various phases. 1/1600, f/8, ISO 500, 500 f/4, not baited, set up or called in. I loved reading your play by play describing what you were seeing as you typed – you did it so well that it was almost like listening to a live radio broadcast of a baseball game in the old days. Now I know it was a young bald eagle. Explore. The only truly way to identify the bird is if I can view the shape and colors and size of these birds of prey the same way I saw this one, with headlights picking up every shade of brown, from golden, to sienna, to reddish-brown from the underside of the bird. I’m working on a watercolor of a juvenile golden now that has dark eyes. Thanks for all the valuable information. In between, the tail usually shows a white to whitish base, with a variably thick dark terminal band across the tip. This bird has fish blood on its beak and if you look closely you’ll see that it has a “blown eye” (misshapen pupil, possibly due to injury). I wonder if any of the eagles I’ve seen here were baited prior to my arrival and I just didn’t know it?