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What's the name of this bird's species, please?

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    $\begingroup$ Welcome. By the looks of it, it's a species of sea eagle. To allow users to effectively ID this specimen, they need some additional information, most notably where (and perhaps when) the picture was taken (country, region, season), and what the approximate size of the animal is. $\endgroup$ – AliceD Dec 31 '19 at 13:48
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    $\begingroup$ oiseaux-birds.com/article-fish-eagles-feeding-behaviour.html; guessing bald eagle because of habitat (north temperate?) and white restricted to head (not breast ...) $\endgroup$ – Ben Bolker Dec 31 '19 at 21:45
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    $\begingroup$ Is this your picture, or one you found on the web, like here? Because it would probably be best to give attribution in the latter case. Thanks! $\endgroup$ – rotaredom Jan 1 at 16:47
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    $\begingroup$ Please edit your post with the location of the picture and an approximate size of the eagle. See species-identification for guidelines for asking ID questions here. Thanks! $\endgroup$ – theforestecologist Jan 3 at 3:33
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I would say that it is a bald eagle. I did a search for similar birds but nothing quite matches the build and coloration. The bird in question appears to be drying out after being in the water. On the coast of British Columbia they often feed on fish caught from the water's surface and occasionally get a bit damper than they expect, they then have to dry out like the one in your image. See the following sites: From Cornell University's site about birds

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  • $\begingroup$ Welcome to Biology.SE! You are more likely to get a positive response to your answer if you explain in more detail why your identification is correct. Specifically, please edit your answer to add discussion of key features that allow you to distinguish this from the several other very similar species of sea eagle. Without this your answer is indistinguishable from opinion. β€”β€”β€” You may also wish to take the tour and then consult the help pages for additional advice on How to Answer effectively on this site. Thank you! 😊 $\endgroup$ – tyersome Jan 3 at 3:41
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Sure looks like a Golden Eagle to me , white head and tail ( North America).

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    $\begingroup$ Golden eagle with a white head ? If I saw this in N America I would say it was a bald eagle. $\endgroup$ – Willk Dec 31 '19 at 17:31
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    $\begingroup$ You are more likely to get a positive response to your answer if you explain why your identification is correct. Specifically, please edit your answer to add discussion of key features that led you to this conclusion and supporting references or at least validated images. Without this your answer is indistinguishable from opinion. In addition, please address the fact that this looks much more like a species of sea eagle. β€”β€”β€” You may also wish to take the tour and then consult the help pages for additional advice on How to Answer effectively on this site. Thank you! 😊 $\endgroup$ – tyersome Jan 1 at 1:14
  • $\begingroup$ I am absolutely wrong; don't know what I was thinking. $\endgroup$ – blacksmith37 Jan 1 at 1:26
  • $\begingroup$ I may be uninvited from the Christmas bird count which will be in our area Saturday. $\endgroup$ – blacksmith37 Jan 1 at 1:32
  • $\begingroup$ No big deal β€” we all have "brain farts" (or at least I doubt you and my entire family are the only sufferers). β€”β€”β€” You do know that you can edit (or if you don't think this question is worth the extra work delete) your post right? $\endgroup$ – tyersome Jan 3 at 0:08

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