Thursday, May 17, 2012
I love the way eagles will lower the landing gear while they are flying at the drop of a hat. It seems to me it is a sign of how comfortable they are in the air. They'll lower their legs well before landing in a tree - or on land, for that matter - and well before catching a fish. They will also extend them if attacked by an osprey.
The colors of sub-adults are highly variable, some being very dark while others are highly streaked with white. Not only do the head and tail turn white in adulthood, but the rest of the body turns uniformly dark brown while the beak and feet turn orange.