Bald Eagles: adult and subadult

February 21, 2013 in Nearby Landbirds

On a whim, stopped by the Abe Bashara Boathouse along the Merrimack River in Lawrence.  It was quite and just before 10AM.  To my surprise, looked across to the north side of river bank and observed an adult Bald Eagle perched on a branch overhanging the river.  Moved around a bit with camera to capture photos from a few different angles….all taken from the car.  While backing up, heard the Adult make a series of calls, looked up and noticed a subadult flying along the river.  A few crows joined in pursuit until the eagle laned in a tree nearby the adult.  A few images include partial leg band readings.  Tom French from MassWildlife provided further information:

Banded:  0679-04016, and N/3 burnt orange  (Banding Permit # 21963)

Banding date and location:  05-10-11   Banded as a chick (4.5 lbs) at Great Pond, Connecticut River, Hadley, Hampshire Co., MA

Siblings:  Two other siblings – K/8 (7.6 lb), K/9 (6.08 lb)

Additional photos posted:  Click “next” in upper right to advance frames!  Enjoy!