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While we were at the State of Tennessee’s nice wildlife refuge at Hiwassee on 12/24/11, we saw three  eagles.  Two of these eagles were definitely Bald Eagles.   The other  eagle may have been a Golden Eagle or a juvenile Bald Eagle.  The eagles were  there because of the abundant waterfowl, fish in the lake, and huge numbers of cranes.  This is the Winter home for the Sand Hill and Whooping Cranes.  The Bald Eagles also hunt for small rodents in the forests and corn fields along the small lake.

The viewing platform was quite a ways away from the lake where the Bald Eagles flew.  We have Bald Eagles here in the Winter months in Eastern-Middle Tennessee.   Some pairs of eagles also live in the region all year around.   Both genders of Bald Eagles pretty much look the same.  The juvenile Bald Eagles are largely brown and black with touches of white.  Golden Eagles are brownish with golden highlights.  From a long distance, both the juvenile Bald Eagles and the Golden Eagles look very similar.   I get absolutely thrilled to see Bald Eagles and was overjoyed to also see the cranes!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Comments on: "Bald Eagles at Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge" (9)

  1. TexWisGirl said:

    so lucky! i’ve never seen a bald eagle in person!

    • Hi Texwisgirl, I so hope you will have an opportunity to see the majestic big birds! Bald Eagles are quite beautiful. Mainly I have seen them way up in the air, but occasionally I did get up-close views at my old home. I have not seen any Bald Eagles here at the farm but one never knows. Have a great day today!

  2. That may be where I ‘have’ to go in order to see a Bald Eagle…. You got some fabulous pictures…

    Stay WARM today… Supposed to go down to about 28 tonight… Brrrrr.

    • Hi Betsy, Yes, The refuge is a wonderful place with cranes, eagles, as well as ducks and geese. The cranes and eagles are primarily seen in the Winter. Speaking of Winter, yes, it will be very cold tonight with a slight chance of snow (I won’t hold my breath about the snow though). Have a super good day tomorrow! P.S. Once in a while if you are lucky, you may see Bald Eagles around Lake St. George when there are lots of Coots and Buffleheads around.

  3. It’s so special seeing a bald eagle, you must get a thrill each time. And just think; Benjamin Franklin wanted the national bird to be a turkey!!

  4. Hello, I love your eagle shots. The eagles are always an amazing sight to see. I would love to see the Golden Eagle. wonderful post and photos. Have a great night.

  5. Beautiful and magestic! I am still waiting to see my first bald eagle in the US…there are in Michigan, and actually several have been sighted in crane sanctuary near us–I just haven’t been lucky enough to see one yet!

  6. I noticed your Golden Eagle tag, so came to check it out. 🙂

    We’ve become more interested in raptors, as a whole, since we started watching the Eagle cam from Decorah last year. They are such good parents. It was a thrill to finally see Bald Eagles in person. They always take my breath away. Then to top that, we saw an immature Golden Eagle earlier this month. I was about to pass it off as a immature Bald Eagle, but our guide said the imm. Goldens have a white tail band and this bird was definitely larger.

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