One of the extraordinary benefits of having this particular bald eagle live web cam is the detail we are able to see. Yesterday we had an excellent closeup look at the left eye of both the female and male adults in the Norfolk Botanical Garden bald eagle nest. Birds have excellent eye sight, especially raptors like bald eagles. Minor details like this are important in helping them to identify each other. We don’t often get this close so not much help to us in identifying individual birds, but when we do here is what to look for in these two adults.
The first two photos of the left eye are the female. Note the black spot in the iris. It is below the pupil. The next two photos are the left eye of the male. The black spot in the iris is to the right of the pupil. There are other difference between the two. Do you see them?