Juvenile Bald Eagle, Florida
A rather scruffy looking Bald Eagle on a power pylon on the way to Black Point Wildlife Drive at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in Titusville, Florida, USA. I pulled the car over on the verge and walked past the pole for these shots. This appears to be a 3rd or 4th year juvenile, depending on how you sequence the plumage stages of the Bald Eagle…whether you put full adult plumage at 4 or 5 or even 6 years. However you do it, this bird is still at least a year shy of full adult. The head is getting on towards mostly white, and the bill is all yellow, but it still has the dark terminal tail band. (I had, of course, to look up the sequencing this morning…and the sources I found were not all that consistent. 🙂 Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.