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 Bald Eagle above, photographed by Lenny Beck in Hamilton County, Ohio, is another third-year bird. Brown feathers are replacing the white mottling on its belly and underwings, its bill is turning all yellow, and enough white feathers are visible on the head and throat to suggest what the eagle's all-white head will soon look like.