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The comeback in the United Sates of the American bald eagle can be seen locally with occasional sightings of the majestic birds. These photos were submitted by David Devillez and Albert Hagedorn and show mature birds, as demonstrated by the white plumage around the head. Young birds attain white plumage in about five years.
The birds were photographed near Apalona last month. Bald eagle territories are typically circular and average about one mile in diameter. The large birds typically raise their young in giant stick nests near the top of tall, strong trees near a water source and tend to reuse their nests year after year. Light nest repairs begin in January in this area, with more serious repairs occurring in February.