Newfoundland Travel - Birdwatching: Bald Eagle

Updated: Jan 24

Many of us spend years "chasing the dream" in our 9 to 5 jobs. This was certainly the case for me but, after my retirement, I saw that life had more possibilities than previously imagined. As a lover of nature and owner of a small vacation rental in Pouch Cove, I often explore the outdoors, take photos, and share my experiences with guests in order to help them plan their vacation. This is my birdwatching experience with the bald eagle. #baldeagle, #birding, #birdtherock, #bird, #eagle

A juvenile bald eagle soars through the clear blue sky, its wings spread widely and its legs tightly tucked against its tail.
Juvenile bald eagle soaring overhead at Quidi Vidi Lake, St. John's, Newfoundland

Bird watching enthusiasts have great opportunities to view and photograph birds of prey, such as the bald eagle, throughout many areas of Newfoundland. These majestic birds (Canada's largest raptor), have few natural enemies and have a life span of about 28 years. #birding, #baldeagle, #birdofprey, #birdwatching, #birdwatching, #youngbaldeagle, #eagle

A pair of young bald eagles was spotted soaring over the city of St. John's from the cliffs of Signal Hill.
A pair of young bald eagles was spotted soaring over the city of St. John's from the cliffs of Signal Hill.

Bald eagles make beautiful photo subjects as they soar effortlessly in the skies above. From atop Signal Hill, it was amazing to see these two young eagles being trained by their parents in flight and hunting skills. Interestingly, if an loses a feather on one wing, it will lose another on the other side to counterbalance. #birdwatching #baldeagle #birdsofprey #raptor #birdphotography #nature #wildlife #naturephotography #wildlifephotography #birding #birdtherock

A pair of adult bald eagles are seen perched high atop a tree in Bay Bulls, Newfoundland, on an overcast day.
Two adult bald eagles perched high atop a tree bordering the ocean in Bay Bulls, Newfoundland

Bald eagles feed by scavenging for food or feeding off a dead animal. Their preferred diet includes fish, birds, reptiles, rabbits but they will consume a variety of different food sources depending on what is available. They tend to settle in areas high near dumps or in trees close to water and food sources. #BirdWatching #NewfoundlandWildlife #WildlifePhotography #BaldEagle #BirdsOfPrey

Having just completed lunch, a mature bald eagle and three of its young stand together on an ice covered lake in St. John's.
Having just completed lunch, a mature bald eagle and three of its young stand together on an ice covered lake.

Bald eagles use their talons, which have spikes, to grasp prey. Their sharp peaked beak enables them to prepare their food for consumption. They often harass other birds, including Osprey and other eagles to steal their food. Although they sometimes gorge their food and consume enough food to last for several days, they can survive for many days between feedings. #BirdWatching #NewfoundlandWildlife #WildlifePhotography #BaldEagle #BirdsOfPrey, #eagle

Two young bald eagles with an adult standing on ice at Quidi Vidi Lake, St. John's.
A young bald eagle is landing on ice next to its parent and sibling at Quidi Vidi Lake, St. John's.

One of these young eagles seems to be having a temper tantrum, perhaps wanting more supper, as the parent looks at it sternly. #eagle #baldeagle

Bald eagle couple perched on fallen trees in dense vegetation.
Bald eagle couple perched on fallen trees in dense vegetation.

The female bald eagle does most of the nest construction and adds to it annually, returning to the same nest year after year. Couples have one to three eggs once per year and incubate for about thirty six days. #eagle, #nature, #wildlife, #outdoor, #birdphotography

The young bald eagle stands near a melt zone on the ice at Quidi Vidi Lake in St. John's.
Young bald eagle standing on thin ice at Quidi Vidi Lake, St. John's.

Young bald eagles are called eaglets and their appearance is quite different than that of their parents. #eagle, #eaglet, #youngeagle

Immature eagles are covered with light gray downy fur, have brown eyes and pink legs. Their feathers turn dark brown at about twelve weeks old (the age at which they are ready to leave the nest). Interestingly, it takes four to five years for the bald eagle to develop the distinctive white tail and head coloring. #BirdWatching #NewfoundlandWildlife #WildlifePhotography #BaldEagle #BirdsOfPrey #eaglet

A juvenile bald eagle soars through the clear blue sky, its wings spread widely and its legs tightly tucked against its tail.
A juvenile bald eagle soars through the clear blue sky, its wings spread widely and its legs tightly tucked against its tail.

I'm sure you will agree that bird watching is an enjoyable experience and that Newfoundland is a great place to capture amazing bird photography opportunities. Please follow my Newfoundland Travel Blog to see my work on some other popular tourist attractions in eastern Newfoundland. I'd be delighted to hear from you so why not contact me today?




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