[Tweeters] Possible White-tailed Eagle at Fort Casey, Whidbey Island

Sammy Catiis Hikersammy at msn.com
Sun Apr 10 20:22:12 PDT 2016


The first Eagle is most definite 3rd year Eagle. It's most commonly Ospry'ish head and often lots of white on the chest as well. The other two, I'm super happy to see.. Now I know where he hides the rest of year.. is a Leusitic indeed Bald Eagle. This is a three year old .. or looks to be.. the exact one I have been seeing and monitoring in the Winter. I have a few shots of his this year.. I'll tell you what, when the fields are dried dirt, he blends straight in.


Here is a guide you can send her on aging. I really should have the full years in this too, such as a 3 year old. The next molt will look a whole lot more white.. but you can see the 2.5 year old already getting that 'osprey'ish' head. http://www.sammyclickit.com/Birds/Aging-Guides/



Here is the link to my Leusictics page with what looks like, the same exact Eagle.. taken on Fir Island, just a short flight across some water to Whidbey. http://www.sammyclickit.com/Wildlife/LeukisticLuecistics/ The Eagles on at the bottom... and the photos are not very good.. but good enough for you to see it. The first group are from 3 years ago, the last were from December this past year.


Happy Birding.. [&#X1f603] This makes me smile


Sammy

Arlington.. sorta.. area



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Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Possible White-tailed Eagle at Fort Casey, Whidbey Island

Great photos!

I ask that when the experts reply they do so to all of us!

Trip to Ft. Casey, anyone!!

Will & Willie Markey
East of Auburn on Soos Creek
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On Apr 10, 2016, at 3:52 PM, Susan Littlefield <susan.littlefield at gmail.com<mailto:susan.littlefield at gmail.com>> wrote:

Hi tweets!

My aunt and uncle live on Whidbey Island, and my aunt recently posted a few photos she shot at Ft. Casey of local wildlife, including shots of a couple of eagles, At first, I thought she'd found a partially leucistic Bald Eagle, even though the pale feathers mixed with dark really didn't look to me like the way leucism generally manifests.

Then this afternoon, I was flipping through my Nat Geo field guide and saw the illustration of the White-tailed Eagle. Bam. It is a dead ringer for the adult eagle she photographed, and now I think it's possible that the juvenile she also captured may be a Juvie White-tailed -- based on the white feathers interspersed in the body, the heavy bill, and the shorter tail tipped with dark feathers.

I realize this would be an extraordinary find, as we are far, far out of their range, so I'm asking for the help of you excellent birders. I've put my aunt's three photos into an album here: http://imgur.com/a/szBin

The first image is the juvenile; the next two are the older bird. The last pic is definitely the best for ID purposes. Please take a look and let me know what you think. I'd so much appreciate it!

Best,

Susan Littlefield
Renton, WA
Susan.littlefield(at)gmail.com<http://gmail.com>
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