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Immature Eagle, Virginia, USA 12.6.20 (1 Viewer)

mtn

... winging it ....
Wish I'd given it proper attention when I first saw it, just assumed it was a TV sunning itself in the am. Had my morning coffee and it was still sitting there so I looked closer and realized it was an eagle... So I ran upstairs to grab the scope which had the fixed 24x eyepiece in it, ran back downstairs, set up tripod and scope in my kitchen (ugh, dirty window!) and just managed this handheld shot with my phone before it flew. Beak looks like an eagle to me, I assumed it was a juvenile Bald Eagle but thought I'd verify here.

Thanks for your thoughts!

Edit; should mention, the Merlin map shows "non-breeding" Bald Eagles where I live (Southwest Virginia) and "migrating" Golden Eagles but "non-breeding" Golden Eagles not too far on either side of me... Not sure that helps...

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mtn

... winging it ....
Hard to tell in this image.
Yeah, wish I'd cleaned that kitchen window!

Seriously though, it was a bit of a tough shot and I didn't even think to post it here because of the poor quality but some folks here are much more skilled in ID than me so I figured someone may have an insight.

Cheers
 

KC Foggin

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United States
Seriously though, it was a bit of a tough shot and I didn't even think to post it here because of the poor quality but some folks here are much more skilled in ID than me so I figured someone may have an insight.

No worries. We all run into this problem at times ;)
 

Deb Burhinus

Used to be well known! 😎
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Wish I'd given it proper attention when I first saw it, just assumed it was a TV sunning itself in the am. Had my morning coffee and it was still sitting there so I looked closer and realized it was an eagle... So I ran upstairs to grab the scope which had the fixed 24x eyepiece in it, ran back downstairs, set up tripod and scope in my kitchen (ugh, dirty window!) and just managed this handheld shot with my phone before it flew
I think this is one of the funniest examples of laid back ’backyard birdwatching’ that I‘ve seen for a long time! 😂
 
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