Bald Eagles in North Carolina: Flight Photos

Not so many years ago if someone said they’d seen a bald eagle their sanity would’ve been questioned. However, thanks to the hard work of conservationists around the country viewing an eagle is not such an unusual sight. In 1995 the Bald Eagle was reclassified from “endangered” to “threatened.” On June 28, 2007 this majestic bird was removed from the Endangered and Threatened Species List. Females are up to 25% larger than adult males. Females may have a wingspan up to 96″ while adult males can have wingspans as small as 66″. Adult Bald Eagles, both male and female, have dark brown/black bodies with a white head and tail. In the wild thier average lifespan is around 20 years though at least one captive bird lived for nearly 50 years. While their primary diet is fish they will take advantage of carrion, particularly in the winter. They have been known to “steal” fish from egrets, herons and other birds. Below are pictured an adult and an immature Bald Eagle. While both were photographed near Lake Mattamuskeet I have seen Bald Eagles on three occassions around the Crystal Coast.

Once and endangered species an adult Bald Eagle soars above Lake Mattmuskeet in North Carolina.

This is a young eagle, I have seen these birds around Carteret county / North Carolina's Crystal Coast on several occassions.

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  1. Karron Osborne March 18, 2011 at 1:58 pm #

    I saw a Bald Eagle today in the wild, the 1st time ever, what an awesome sight !!!! I think it ight have been a male, due to the size. I am from England living in Bladen county, I never thought I would see something like this.

  2. Keith Parsons October 11, 2012 at 1:31 pm #

    I seen a bald eagle in Harnett County, N.C. off of Over Hills Rd. It was definately a femal due to her size. She was perched in the top of a tall dead oak tree, easy to spot because her head looked like a giant snow ball in the top of the tree. I watched her for about 20 minutes before she flew away, what a site to behold. I have seen many bald eagles in Alaska. This is the first one I have ever seen in N.C.

  3. patty major January 19, 2013 at 4:56 pm #

    The first Bald Eagle I’ve seen since I moved here from Florida 6 1/2 years ago.
    It was so awesome I almost cried!
    By the way, I live in Rowan Co.

  4. Reed Grady February 11, 2013 at 2:41 pm #

    I was riding on Hwy 13 outside Newton Grove NC on 2-10-13 and spotted an unusually large bird. Turned out to be just like the picture of the Bald Eagle on this site.

  5. Kathryn February 26, 2013 at 6:28 pm #

    I saw a bald eagle this morning in rural Halifax County, taking off from a dead deer in the misty rain. White head, white tail, huge wingspan, so I am pretty sure it was one! (I think female, because it was huge in compare to our typical vultures, etc., but I noticed the white first instead of the size.

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