Bald Eagles
Bald Eagle perched at Metshosin

THE NATURAL WORLD OF SOUTHERN VANCOUVER ISLAND THROUGH THE LENS OF CAPTAIN YVES- PART 7

Ever wondered why they’re called “Bald” when they are covered in feathers? Well Bald is an old English term meaning white spot or patch. The white heads they get on their adult plumage is where the name comes from.

Even though they cover the whole of North America they are often found by water as they like to hunt on fish.

In winters they converge in huge numbers in certain areas such as wildlife reserves.

Juvenile birds have a brown plumage.

They spend the first four years of their flying lives in exploration of vast territories-birds from California have been found in Alaska!

Bald Eagles have spectacular flying displays. One of which includes a male and female flying high into the air, locking talons and cartwheel downwards together breaking off at only the very last instant to avoid crashing.

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