He was perched on the top of a large tree next to the Skagit River.

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The bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus), our national bird, is the only eagle unique to North America. The bald eagle’s scientific name signifies a sea (halo) eagle (aeetos) with a white (leukos) head. At one time, the word “bald” meant “white,” not hairless. Bald eagles are found over most of North America, from Alaska and Canada to northern Mexico. About half of the world’s 70,000 bald eagles live in Alaska. Combined with British Columbia’s population of about 20,000, the northwest coast of North America is by far their greatest stronghold for bald eagles. They flourish here in part because of the salmon. Dead or dying fish are an important food source for all bald eagles.
Eagles are a member of the Accipitridae family, which also includes hawks, kites, and old-world vultures.
Scientists loosely divide eagles into four groups based on their physical characteristics and behavior. The bald eagle is a sea or fish eagle.
There are two subspecies of bald eagles. The “southern” bald eagle, Haliaeetus leucocephalus leucocephalus, is found in the Gulf States from Texas and Baja California across to South Carolina and Florida, south of 40 degrees north latitude.


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  • Cora Wandel
    Cora Wandelover 5 years ago

    Excellent image and words! – Cora

  • JWallace
    JWallaceover 5 years ago

    thank you Cora

  • Sandy Stewart
    Sandy Stewartover 5 years ago

    Lovely vertical capture of a mature Bald Eagle! :)

  • JWallace
    JWallaceover 5 years ago

    Thank you Sandy

  • DJ LeMay
    DJ LeMayover 5 years ago

    Quite stunning image!! Their eyes never fail to mesmerize me!

  • JWallace
    JWallaceover 5 years ago

    Thank you DJ I try to capture the light in their eye when possible.

  • g8tway
    g8twayover 5 years ago

    Nice shot!

  • Thank you Tim. We just got back from three days on the Skagit River, we will be adding more Eagles by this weekend. thanks for viewing

    – JWallace

  • Randy Jay Braun
    Randy Jay Braunover 5 years ago

    Very sharp image Jerry and Benda!

  • Thank you Randy that means a lot coming from someone with such great Images.

    – JWallace

  • Jody Johnson
    Jody Johnsonover 5 years ago

    Great capture….really like it, at times I wish I still lived up there, McChord AFB….I miss the area very much, and this is one reason!

  • Thank you Jody. It is nice here just not as nice as Colorado. You wouldn’t miss this area much once you drive around in our traffic!!!!

    – JWallace

  • Jan  Tribe
    Jan Tribeover 5 years ago

    Wow !! this is an amazing capture … Shows the dignity of such a beautiful bird !

  • Thank you shaneran. They are amazing to watch they never stop looking at their surroundings.

    – JWallace

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