~Update on one of our resident bald eagles~
Casey came to NIWRA on May 17, 2019 as an injured eaglet who cannot be released back into the wild. He is a permanent resident at the centre because he is unable to fly due to a non-repairable dislocated wing. Regular visitors have enjoyed watching Casey's transformation over the years from a super cute eaglet to a handsome young adult bald eagle.
Who's a handsome fellow now?! Casey has been aging distinctively before our eyes.
Bald eagles do not attain their distinctive adult colouring until they are around 5 years of age. As young birds, their plumage, eyes and beaks are dark brown. After the first year, the plumage becomes increasingly variable with pale mottling. After the 2nd year, their eyes and beaks begin slowly changing to yellow.
Casey at the juvenile stage.
Juvenile bald eagles are often mistaken for golden eagles who don’t have the white head and tail or the yellow legs, beak and eyes.
What a cute baby Casey was when he first came to NIWRA!
You can learn more about Casey here.
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