With an adult eagle in the background, this juvenile Bald Eagle fully spreads its outstretched wings.
This unique image perfectly captures the beautiful pattern which can only be found on young bald eagles. The plumage of juvenile birds is one way to tell their age, especially since they quickly grow to a size comparable to mature eagles. The white splotches visible here are generally hidden when the animal keeps its wings folded. The signature white hood and tail will grow in when the juvenile eagle reaches maturity.
Image taken on the Chilkat river outside of Haines, Alaska.
Stock Image #20121112-164001C