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Photo Info

Dimensions2606 x 1861
Original file size1.57 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spaceAdobe RGB (1998)
Date taken26-Dec-11 15:31
Date modified31-Dec-21 16:02
Shooting Conditions

Camera modelNIKON D2X
Focal length420 mm
Focal length (35mm)630 mm
Max lens aperturef/4
Exposure1/1600 at f/5
FlashNot fired
Exposure bias-2/3 EV
Exposure modeAuto
Exposure prog.Aperture priority
ISO speedISO 125
Metering modePattern
Digital zoom1x
Bald Eagle, 2nd Year JF01932

Bald Eagle, 2nd Year JF01932

It can be a challenge to identify the age of immature bald eagles as they make their 5 year journey to adulthood. Each year presents a different mosaic of brown and white feathers and bill color. But the second year of maturing provides a very helpful ID feature that distinguishes it from all the other immature years.

Can you see it in this image?

2nd year bald eagles have uneven lengths to their secondary wing feathers. Secondaries are the feathers that run along the back of the wing. Note how this individual has some longer secondaries extending beyond the others. Letting us know he or she is in his or her second year.

Location: Prince William County, VA