Bald Eagle on a river snag
A 4th year immature Bald Eagle sits on a snag in the Ompompanoosuc River, Norwich VT.
The Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus), is the national bird of the United States. Its preferred habitat is near seacoasts, rivers, large lakes, oceans, and other large bodies of open water.
Although fish is their primary diet, they are opportunistic and will eat carrion, especially in the winter.
Immature Eagles are dark brown with white speckles until their fifth year when the head and tail turns white signaling adulthood.
The Bald Eagle was once listed as an endangered species.
It was officially removed from the U.S. federal government's list of endangered species on July 12, 1995, by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, when it was reclassified from Endangered to Threatened.