Michael Rucci photographed an immature bald eagle at the Octoraro Reservoir in Chester County, PA. After seeing that his subject had a green band on one of his feet, he emailed his photograph to the NJDEP Fish and Wildlife biologist who looked up the band number, E-25, and saw that the eagle had been banded as a nestling on June 18, 2015 at the Merrill Creek Reservoir.

In the photograph you can see that the bird has a lot of white on the under side of the body, but it does not not a full white head and tail of an adult. This bird is almost 2 years old but technically in it’s third year if you count 2015 as year 1.

For additional information on Merrill Creek eagles please see the bald eagle tab on the main page.