Looking at the camera, a fluffy eagle is perched on a snowy log. This clearing in the Chilkat River valley provides a safe spot for this eagle to dry off. Or this bald eagle is displaying a sign of courtship or territory marking.
Bald eagle body language is a bit difficult to interpret. As the plumage of this raptor is pulled away from its body, the lean powerful look we are accustomed to is replaced by a fairly cute, though still ferocious, avian.
The noble bird stands upright, with its chest puffed up, and eyeing us intently, deciding if we are friend or foe. We are definitely friends! Wildlife photographers and conservationists, all in one. Nature image taken at the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve.
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