4th Year Bald Eagle

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.

  1. I got incredibly lucky with this shot! I was sitting way up high on top of a ridge at Smith Rock State Park, when this bald eagle landed at eye level no more than 50 feet away from me. Luckily, my camera was already set up on my tripod so I simply zoomed in and clicked away.

  2. That is an awesome capture with your eagle posed on the rock so perfectly. Yep, I take a lot of those distant overcast sky shots too. Those silhouettes are hard to pass up especially when there’s a couple birds in the frame. They are ripe for post processing tricks as well. Your a luck man having eagles for neighbors!

  3. Great to see the Bald Eagle is becoming more and more common, I love the shot of the wings outstretched soaring–and the youngster with his not quite white head—Aewsome!

  4. Here in coastal southeast Virginia we have quite a population of bald eagles. Norfolk Botanical Garden has had a mating pair for several years and again this year they have three eaglets that have recently hatched. At their website, there is access to the eagle cam and during nesting season, their part of the garden in roped off. They build their nests in the Loblolly Pines and fish out of a nearby lake. It is quite amazing to watch. Each year the young are banded and followed.

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