Monday, November 17, 2014

An Eagle watching over Lake Susan, Chanhassen

An Eagle is watching I saw this noble bird keeping watchover the lake on Saturday. This from the Minnesota DNR, (sans lectures). Description The bald eagle is the second largest bird of prey, with a wingspan of 1.7-2.4 m (5.6-7.9 ft.) (Buehler 2000). The white head and tail and contrasting dark brown body of adult bald eagles are diagnostic of this species. Immature and subadult bald eagles are more difficult to identify, as their head and tail are brown or mottled brown and white. Blotchy white coloration on the underside of the wings and tail of young bald eagles help distinguish them from young golden eagles (Aquila chrysaetos), which have a more sharply defined white pattern. Bald eagles attain full adult plumage is their fourth or fifth year.


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