Out for a walk today (way too pretty to stay inside!) and spotted this young bald eagle defending his rodent prey from a marauding crow. The mouse ended up at the bottom of the cliff, the crow took off, and the hungry juvenile swooped down to the water but came back empty-taloned. He perched on this fallen log that hangs over the cliff, eyeballing the shoreline and water 130 feet below for his next meal.
This young 'un has mottled brown coloring, and he won't get his white head until he's around four years old. But he already has a near-six-foot wing span.