Don’t be surprised if you have never seen or heard of this bird before. They have a very small population and live primarily along the Florida and Texas gulf coast. A few have come up to Georgia and South Carolina. There are approximately 1,500 in the US.
This was taken on the east coast of Florida, out of their range.
A beautiful bird I rarely see and difficult to photograph.
We spotted this Eagle flying over a marsh when heading back in. I took a few shots as he went by, not all that good. I was still just using a lighter weight lens (an old sore back) with a maximum range of 400 mm.
I knew where he was heading but never thought he would be there when I finally caught up.
Above he was checking to see what we were doing as we found him. I’m sure he saw us coming a long way off.
This is a favorite perch of Eagles and I have photographed several here in the past. Many times it’s a pair that nest near by.
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