How many of you recognize this bird? This is a juvenile Southern Bald Eagle. I photographed it at the Blue Heron Wetlands in Titusville Florida. The Bald Eagle doesn't get the traditional white head and tail feathers until the fourth or fifth year of its life.
Even prior to the extensive use of DDT, the juvenile Bald Eagles in Florida led a perilous life, as many were shot indiscriminately as "chicken hawks."
Having been a Florida resident for over fifty years, I was aware of the lack of knowledge of "old time crackers" who classified all hawks as predators to be "shot on sight." Unfortunately juvenile Bald Eagles fell into this category. I am certain that the adult Bald Eagles were respected, in as much as the notoriety they received as "Our National Bird."
This again is a classic case of lack of education in the life cycle of the Bald Eagle in Florida. I thank God for the "new lease on life" that the Bald Eagles have obtained throughout the United States.