My friend Jeff took this outstanding photo of a 4th Year Bald Eagle this past weekend in Central Oregon. What does 4th year mean?
Just like with people, it takes eagles a few years for them to grow into adults. See the dark marks on its mostly white head? Bald Eagles don’t have white heads until they are five years old. This one is very close and will be an adult soon, but it isn’t there quite yet.
On the same day, I took this photo above my house. The lighting wasn’t very good due to overcast skies, but it is an adult Bald Eagle. And after a moment or two…
…there were TWO of them! Most likely a male and a female- and maybe we’ll have more juvenile bald eagles soon.