Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle
Inge Curtis

I often look up to check for a flash of white on the head or tail of a large bird soaring overhead or ascending a thermal. Not so many years ago, it was a red-letter day to see a Bald Eagle in this district (let alone over your house!), but now it is a common sight. Perhaps one time out of fifty the big brown bird in the sky is an eagle instead of a vulture.

Inge photographed this pair in a loblolly pine tree. Monogamous like many large, long-lived birds, the sexes look alike although they know the difference (the female is larger).

By Roger Gosden

A British and American scientist specializing in reproduction & embryology whose career spanned from Cambridge to Cornell's Weill Medical College in NYC. He married Lucinda Veeck, the embryologist for the first successful IVF team in America. They retired to Virginia, where he became a master naturalist and writer affiliated with William & Mary.

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