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.
The eaglet above, photographed by Alex Westner in Pike County, Pennsylvania, in July 2008, is a little older (and much bigger). It is getting ready to fledge. Like all first-year eagles, its head and belly are brown, but its axilaries (its wing-pits) and underwing coverts are white.