Compare this juvenile Bald Eagle with the adult above. It takes Bald Eagles about 5 years to develop their dark body and white head and tail. Juveniles start out with mostly dark brown feathers. After about a year, they develop a lot of white on their body and wings like the one in this photo. As they get to be 3 or 4 years old, the white feathers are replaced by brown ones and the head and tail gradually become white. Notice how the wing feathers on the juvenile are somewhat longer than on the adult, thus giving the wing a wider or broader look. I was lucky to get this shot. I was standing near my car at the boat landing in St. George Island State Park talking to another visitor. I noticed a large bird flying toward us and at first I thought it was an Osprey. I looked through my binoculars and realized it was a juvenile Bald Eagle and it was heading right for us. I grabbed my camera and managed to take a couple of shots before the bird passed over us. This one turned out pretty well.
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