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Six photos show how to recognize young Bald Eagles

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. 

Third Year Bald Eagle

Third Year Bald Eagle

Photographer Tony Joyce tells us the eagle above was sharing a tasty just-caught duck with an adult eagle in British Columbia. White feathers on the crown and throat and a broad dark stripe behind the eye show that the bird is in its third year.

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