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Old Feb 17, 2011, 12:07 AM   #1
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I have been doing some research and have discovered that the Bald Eagle that I photographed on Feb. 12, 2011 was a rather rare bird. Leucism is a genetic condition where the melanin is missing from some of the feathers causing them to appear white or very pale. I will post a couple of the shots and the link to my gallery were the rest can be viewed.
I have already posted some pictures in my previous thread "Eagles again, Adult and Juvenile.

Here is the link to the leucistic Eagle. She has some white feathers on her back and quite a few more on the breast.
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Old Feb 17, 2011, 12:08 AM   #2
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A shot from directly below showing the majority of the out of place white feathers.
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Old Feb 17, 2011, 3:47 PM   #3
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First class shots Steve...Very impressive...I've learned something new...Never knew about the Leucistic effect in birds...
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I love it when somebody posts something educational along with a great shot!
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Thanks, I can't help it. It's the science teacher in me

I'm glad you found it as interesting as I did.

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The vocalizing shots on your smugmug page are great - that is one screaming eagle!
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The vocalizing shots on your smugmug page are great - that is one screaming eagle!

LOL that very phrase came to my mind as well. We were right under the adult, maybe 20-30yards and it really wasn't a very load screech. I think Red-tails are much louder. However, the juvenile came flying back from about a 1000 yards out. So, eagles must also have phenomenal hearing too.
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