WALK5407 3 and 4 year old contrast2015

The difference of a year in age can make a striking change in the color patterns of a bald eagle.
The bird up top is a 3 year old and the lower bird is a 4 year old.

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Kate has just flown back from chasing off the intruder.
Both chicks are alert and trying to spot the danger.
One watching mom and one looking out over the cove.

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Eagles, being eagles, especially a young exuberant two year old bald eagle,
often defy gravity: yes, the juvie is upside down.
He was flying along, started a series of dives and rolls, and I caught his joy in his maneuvers.