When I arrived at the nest area at about 11:15, I saw a very large dark colored (almost black) bird flying around the area. The bird had white tail feathers, and dark head. Do young eagles get white tail feathers before their heads have white feathers?
I'm having lunch right now in Pembroke Pines and when I'm finished, I'm going back to the nest area. It's really hard to see the nest because the trees in front of it have grown a lot. The wind has to be blowing from a certain direction make it possible to see thge nest.
Hope you can get a photo of that bird. Was the tail entirely white? Immature Bald Eagles may have some white on the tail even the first year, but it is more at the base of the tail and is mottled. I think that by the time the tail is entirely white, the head should also be white.
Has anyone seen the eagles carrying nest materials yet? One was seen breaking off a branch but not bringing sticks to the nest.
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Hope you can get a photo of that bird. Was the tail entirely white?
Immature Bald Eagles may have some white on the tail even the first year, but it
is more at the base of the tail and is mottled. I think that by the time the
tail is entirely white, the head should also be white.
Has anyone seen
the eagles carrying nest materials yet? One was seen breaking off a branch but
not bringing sticks to the nest.
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Yes, the tail feathers were entirely white and the right length for an eagle. It was up pretty high, and I had not taken my camera stuff out of the car yet when it flew to the west and I couldn't see it anymore.
I returned at about 1:10 and stayed for about thirty minutes. I was able to get a very good view of the nest when the wind gusted from the east. No birds were around or on it. I noticed that it was in very good condition. Either the weather did not disturb it much or somebirdy has been working on it for a while.
I checked out the dead melaleuca trees a few times and did not see any large birds.
Very interesting! I copied Lynda White for her information.
If the eagle was flying up high, it is possible that the bottom of the white head was in shadow and appeared dark, but the light shone through to illuminate the white tail feathers, in which case it could have been an adult in normal plumage, but you would be in the best position to judge that assumption.
Am out of town right now, but last week I did notice that it was more difficult to view the nest. Bad for the photographers and viewers, but maybe good for the eagles and the traffic control officials.