adult (Florida, USA; 2008-12-21)

Bald Eagle
Haliaeetus leucocephalus

Native Range: North America

Notes: no sexual dimorphism; only the adults have white head and tail; feeds mostly by scavenging rather than active fishing; national bird of the U.S. (against the advice of Benjamin Franklin who thought the Wild Turkey was a smarter bird and would have been the better choice).

(Michigan, USA; 2006-08-23) adult (Florida, USA; 2008-12-21)

when the bow breaks... (Michigan, USA; 2006-08-23)

wings held perfectly flat when soaring (Michigan, USA; 2010-08-26)

juvenile (Wisconsin, USA; 2010-08-25)

juvenile in flapping flight (Michigan, USA; 2006-08-26)

nest, more than three-foot diameter (Zoo; 2011-08-20)
injured adult bird in rehab (Georgia, USA; 2004-08-25)
i posing for a portrait (zoo; 2014-02-25)