This Southern Bald Eagle was spotted perched up in a tall Cypress Tree along an almost deserted rural road near the Lower Suwannee Wildlife Refuge (Road 326). I happened to see the eagle while we were driving and asked my husband, the driver, to stop so I could perhaps get some pictures of the bird. We stopped along the side of the road and I walked on the road from a distance, and got these pictures. The eagle was a juvenile as it is a mottled brown with lots of white feathers on its body. As the eagle matures it changes into the more recognizable brown and white coloring that most people know of.
I took these pictures on November 15, 2014 when we were visiting Cedar Key and the Lower Suwannee Wildlife Refuge (fairly close to Cedar Key). I really love seeing Bald Eagles and am quite glad to have seen one of the reported 17+ pairs of Bald Eagles that live in this area. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!