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Bald Eagle

About the Bald Eagle

There are two subspecies of the bald eagle: The southern bald eagle, Haliaeetus leucocephalus leucocephalus, and the northern bald eagle, Haliaeetus leucocephalus alascanus. The only difference seems to be that the northern bald eagle is larger and heavier than the southern bald eagle. At the time that this eagle was described and named, "bald" meant "white" or "white-faced" and the description has remained, even though "bald" now popularly means hairless. (from The Bald Eagle in Prince Edward Island, by Gerald MacDougall)
The Bald Eagle in Prince Edward Island is a comprehensive study of the Bald Eagle and its attempts (successful) to make a home on Prince Edward Island. Anyone interested in this magnificent bird will find Gerald MacDougall's study interesting and informative. It is available on our web site in the portable document format (.pdf) which can be viewed with the free Acrobat Reader. To read The Bald Eagle in Prince Edward Island, click here.

Good Viewing Locations

The following locations are good places to start if your interested in viewing members of the Bald Eagle species.


Photographs

These photographs are provided to help you identify members of the Bald Eagle species and are provided here courtesy of the individual photographers, who retain copyright. You may not reproduce these photos without permission. Click on any photo for a the full-sized version.

Mature Bald Eagle
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Newly-hatched Eagle Egglet
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Year-old Eaglet
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Eagle Face
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Bald Eagle Young
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Bald Eagle
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Bald Eagle
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(C) Gerald MacDougall

Bald Eagle
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(C) Gerald MacDougall

Bald Eagle
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(C) Gerald MacDougall

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(C) Gerald MacDougall

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(C) Gerald MacDougall

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Bald Eagle
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Bald Eagle Nest
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Young Bald Eagle
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(C) Gerald MacDougall

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Two Bald Eagles, Milvale, PEI
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Dwaine Oakley Location: Charlottetown Date: 09-10-03

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Dwaine Oakley Location: Charlottetown Date: 09-10-03

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Dwaine Oakley Location: Charlottetown Date: 09-10-03

More about the Bald Eagle on the Internet

The following websites can help you learn more about the Bald Eagle species. These websites are maintained by other organizations, and when you click on the links below, you'll be visiting their websites, not ours.

Seasonal Frequency

You can use the following as a guide to when you can most easily expect to spot members of the Bald Eagle species on Prince Edward Island. This information comes from The Natural History Society of Prince Edward Island which retains and publishes records of bird sightings.

Spring
March 16 to May 31
(northerly migration)

Fairly common, 1 - 9 birds per day
Summer
June 1 to August 15
(nesting season)

Fairly common, 1 - 9 birds per day
Autumn
August 16 to December 14
(southerly migration)

Fairly common, 1 - 9 birds per day
Winter
December 15 to March 15
Fairly common, 1 - 9 birds per day

Nesting on PEI

The Bald Eagle is known or believed to nest on PEI.

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