View Full Version : Some Kind of Raptor??

10-03-2011, 10:21 PM
These are a couple of pics I took this morning of a large raptor I have never seen before so I have no idea of the identity. Please excuse the quality as I did not have a zoom lens on and these have been cropped quite a bit. For comparison there were a couple of bald eagles nearby (not in the photo) that looked quite a bit smaller than this guy! I will have the opportunity to return to this location a couple of times in the near future and will most definitely bring my 300mm.
Who is this big guy??

Mad Aussie
10-04-2011, 02:55 AM
With those yellow feet I'd say he's definitely a juvenile Bald Eagle.

10-04-2011, 05:20 AM
As MA has already said, this is definitely a juvenile Bald Eagle. Can tell by the white patches under wings as compared to Golden Eagles distinct white lines at base of outer primaries only. The matures were probably males, and this would be a female to be that much larger. There is a considerable difference in size, with females being the larger of the gender.

10-06-2011, 09:07 PM
Thanks guys! I did not realize there was such a size difference in the male/female.