Thursday, January 5, 2012

Bald vs Golden Eagle

Erika and I also photographed a Bald Eagle at Black Dog Lake (see last post). First year birds like this one can be confused with Golden Eagles. Both species can show a black band at the end of the tail, but the base of the Golden Eagle is more uniformly white, whereas the tail is usually duskier in the Bald. The transititon from whitish to dark on a Golden Eagle is usually much more cleanly abrupt. Note the field marks in the Golden Eagle below--distinct tail band, white tail base, and white wing patches. Note that Bald Eagles have some white in the wings and the Golden Eagle's nape patch can be hard to see. In Minnesota, Bald Eagles far outnumber Golden Eagles.

1 comment:

  1. Great photos and a very nice site...Thanks
    Gene Vermillion