Almost Three by Carl Olsen

From the number of white head feathers and the yellowing beak, I’d guess this juvenile bald eagle is approaching its third birthday. Only about half of bald eagles make it to maturity at five, so it’s beginning to look like this will be a survivor.

Taken near Gibsons on the Sunshine Coast, British Columbia, Canada.

LENS: NIKKOR AF-S 70-300mm VR @ 300mm

I’m a retired stationary engineer who lives on British Columbia’s scenic Sunshine Coast, which although on the mainland, can only be accessed by water or air – just the way we Coasters like it!

Wildlife and nature photography is my hobby and passion. My primary camera is a Nikon D90 and most of these photos are taken with a Nikkor AF-S 70-300mm VR lens.

I appreciate and try to answer all sincere comments.

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  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 2 years ago

  • Karen  Betts
    Karen Bettsabout 2 years ago

    Wonderful capture Carl, love the detail of the feathers. Hope it makes it to the age of 5. Stunning bird.

  • Thanks very much Karen. Great to be back posting new work. We’ve had very little sun this winter.

    – Carl Olsen

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...about 2 years ago

    12 February 2013 – 1 image per 24hrs

  • NewfieKeith
    NewfieKeithabout 2 years ago

  • pat gamwell
    pat gamwellabout 2 years ago




  • Thank you very much for the feature, Pat. I really appreciate it.

    – Carl Olsen

  • Eivor Kuchta
    Eivor Kuchtaabout 2 years ago

    So is it time for him to get his head painted soon? (That’s what we joke about in our family). Wonderful capture and congratulations on the feature!

  • Thanks very much Eivor. Actually he already has a coat of primer. I could see when the wind caught his head/neck feathers that all the short ones coming in were white.

    – Carl Olsen

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