It is difficult to mistake an adult Bald Eagle for any other bird, because
of its distinctive white head and tail and its immense six to eight
foot wingspan. But immature Bald Eagles aren't so easy to distinguish,
because they don't acquire the snow white head and tail feathers until
they're four to five years old. Immature Bald Eagles have varying amounts
of white mottling all over, often with distinct white patches in their
wing linings. First year birds tend to be quite dark. The amount of
white in their coloring increases each year, until they become the gorgeous
birds we're all familiar with.
Bald Eagles weigh from 8 - 14 pounds. Adult males and females look
alike, except females are larger. Wingspan is 6 1/2 to 8 feet. Bill
and eyes are dark in young birds, yellow in adults.
Eagles spend the majority of their time in winter perched in trees,
conserving their energy. Only about 2% of their time is spent flying
Eagles can live to be 20 - 30 years old.
Eagle eye sight is 6 - 8 times better than humans.
Eagles can fly 50 - 60 mph.
the FBEC Overlook along Water Street in Prairie du Sac to see
the educational display and a map
showing the best spots to view our Bald Eagles. Remember to respect
the eagle's need for space: stay in your car and use it as a blind when
not at the Overlook. Do not ever approach eagles on foot. Thank you!