Feb 9-11 I represented The Center for Conservation Biology at the Morgan City. LA annual Eagle Expo. I presented a program on the satellite tracking of bald eagles by CCB since 2007. During the Expo I was fortunate to be able to take two boat tours in different parts of the Atchafalaya Heritage Area, Lake Varret and Bayou Black. The number of active bald eagle nests in the region is not known but on those two trips I saw about 40 eagles and almost as many red-tailed hawks.
Photo 1 is a red-tailed hawk with abnormal plumage known as leucistic or partial albinism. Leucism is a genetic mutation that prevents melanin from being deposited normally on feathers. On this red-tailed hawk the head, chest and tail feathers are affected. Photo 2 is a normal plumage juvenile red-tailed hawk. Photo 3 is a banded bald eagle adult. Photo 4 is an adult with two chicks in the nest. Photo 5 a bald eagle adult framed by spanish moss. Photos copyright Reese F Lukei Jr.