Young Eagle

Asked April 15, 2018, 4:57 PM EDT

I believe this is an immature eagle, but at the same time I'm not really sure, beak is more rounded than an eagle and it has a darker eye. I think this may be something else but can't identify. Looking for help.

Union County South Dakota

1 Response

Good Morning,

An immature eagle is a good guess for this species. But, it is actually an Osprey. The black line through the eye is a good identifier. The aren't widespread in South Dakota. In fact, most identification books show them to be limited to the western portion of the state. You should show your photo to any avid birders. They will be thrilled.

All the best,