Evil Bald Eagle? No, absolutely not – but it does kind of look like it.
Bald Eagles have an inner eyelid called a nictitating membrane. This membrane wipes front to back every few seconds, cleaning the cornea. It is translucent and the eagle can actually see through it.
This image was taken this afternoon of a juvenile that was perched at an oil site northeast of Denver. I’ve come across some patient Bald Eagles (usually juveniles) but this young one took the cake. Three photographers all around it and it couldn’t have cared less. It just sat there looking around, grooming itself every now and then. I finally got tired of waiting for it to launch and left. Lots of fun and some good pics out of it. Now if I could just get an adult to pose like that!