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Golden or Imm Bald Eagle?

 
JonTimmer
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Mar 08, 2011 22:38 |  #1

Please help me ID this eagle.


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Mar 08, 2011 22:45 |  #2

Juvenile Bald Eagle for me - love the Magpie hanging out alongside!




  
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Mar 08, 2011 23:07 |  #3

Definitely Juvenile. It looks like a Juvenile Bald Eagle to me. Juvenile Golden Eagles should have a white tail kind of hard to tell. It looks like too much white on its head to be a golden eagle. White should be under wings and on tail for juvi Golden eagles. My understanding is that Golden Eagles are much more rare. I have a similar situation but it's not a good enough picture to identify.


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Mar 08, 2011 23:39 |  #4

Golden Eagles are a booted eagle, which means they have feathers all the way down thier legs to the toes, like the pic below. Bald eagles do not, so when in doubt, check out the legs if possible.
your bird is 100% Bald eagle


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Mar 09, 2011 03:38 |  #5

Nice image of a juvi Bald Eagle. To see a Magpie hanging around is not unusual, as I often see it in our city where the smaller raptors take gophers and small birds (e.g., pigeons). The magpies hang around for scraps as they will eat anything and I do mean anything...If there are enough of them, I have seen them actually chase the raptor from its catch, not often, because the raptors are often twice the size of the magpie and they tend to hang around to the end. It is very amusing to see them taunt the raptor trying to distract it and get at its prey. Thanks for sharing.

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Mar 09, 2011 04:11 |  #6

nicely captured Jon




  
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JonTimmer
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Mar 09, 2011 08:35 as a reply to  @ kmunroe's post |  #7

Thanks guys!




  
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