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Golden Eagles wear "socks"...?

posted by Jerry Liguori at
on Monday, February 7, 2011 

Check out the above photograph (click to enlarge). The bird on the left is a juvenile Golden Eagle, the bird on the right an adult. The juvenile looks like it has wool socks on, the adult has feathered legs but the feathers are dark...is this an age difference trait? I have seen this before on juveniles but would need to see a large sample size up close to know for sure if only juveniles show these whitish "socks". Either way, it is kinda neat looking.

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1 Comments:
Anonymous M is for Mike said...

How did that juvie Golden Eagle on the left not make it to the finals of "My Favorite Bird Photo"?? Definitely right up there with the Coot...

February 8, 2011 at 1:41 PM  

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