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Apr 05, 2015 18:25 |  #1

Captured this fella bringing dinner in for the babies.


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Apr 06, 2015 12:48 |  #2

Probably a silly question, but how do you know it is the male?


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Apr 06, 2015 13:05 |  #3

PhotoFranz wrote in post #17506637 (external link)
Probably a silly question, but how do you know it is the male?

i was wondering the same thing... i know the males are smaller than the females, but without the female side-by-side for comparison, there's no frame of reference. even then, there's enough overlap between a large male and a small female to make it almost impossible... how DOES one tell the difference, short of lifting their feathers??


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Apr 06, 2015 13:10 |  #4

Fantastic image!!! Well done. I think it's the male eagle who does most of the hunting.




  
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Apr 06, 2015 13:56 |  #5

I know that on the females, the rear facing talon is usually longer and the beak "depth" is usually greater, but I have never been able to look at Bald Eagles and tell the difference. I have seen both taking turns hunting.


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Apr 06, 2015 16:21 |  #6

PhotoFranz wrote in post #17506716 (external link)
I know that on the females, the rear facing talon is usually longer and the beak "depth" is usually greater, but I have never been able to look at Bald Eagles and tell the difference. I have seen both taking turns hunting.

Unless the male has some identifying feature(s), there is NO way to tell unless both are side by side.


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Apr 06, 2015 16:54 |  #7

Great shot.

The hinge or "corner" of the beak in a male extends to about the front edge of the eye. In a female the corner extends back to just past the middle of the eye. When side by side the size of the birds will help to confirm sex, female is larger.

This is a female:
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Apr 06, 2015 21:16 as a reply to  @ PhotoFranz's post |  #8

He is one of a pair at Berry College in Rome, Georgia. He is smaller, has a smooth feathered head. The female is larger, head feathers are rough in appearance, and has a left talon that has nerve damage and it hangs a bit away from her body when she flies.


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Apr 07, 2015 09:13 as a reply to  @ Ethosb's post |  #9

That settles that.

Great photo, by the way.


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Apr 07, 2015 19:47 |  #10

It's tough to get some detail in the wing shadows and not blow out the white head!




  
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Apr 07, 2015 19:55 |  #11

Ethosb wrote in post #17507292 (external link)
He is one of a pair at Berry College in Rome, Georgia. He is smaller, has a smooth feathered head. The female is larger, head feathers are rough in appearance, and has a left talon that has nerve damage and it hangs a bit away from her body when she flies.

Nothing like knowing your subject! :) great shot!


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