Six photos show how to recognize young Bald Eagles

Adult and just-hatched Bald Eagles in a nest.
Adult and just-hatched Bald Eagles in a nest in British Columbia, by Tony Joyce

A regal-looking Bald Eagle appeared on the cover of our October 2016 issue (which is available here). We chose the species to call attention to Joe Trezza’s feature story about Vito and Linda, New York City’s history-making Bald Eagle pair. They were the first Bald Eagles to nest in the Big Apple in 100 years.

Since we sent the issue to the printer, the pair made history again: They produced at least one historic juvenile — New York City’s first naturally reared Bald Eagle chick since at least 1914.

The big news made us think how fun it would be to watch the youngster develop over the next few years. We gathered the photos here from our galleries. Bald Eagles take four to five years to acquire their distinctive adult plumage. All eaglets start out like the fuzzy-headed birds above. Tony Joyce took the photo in British Columbia when they were three weeks old. Click “Next” to view more photos of young Bald Eagles.