We’re fortunate in Florida to be one of the places in the nation where you can see – and take pictures of – Bald Eagles year-round.
Part of that may be the many lakes, rivers, wetlands and beaches across the area, since Bald Eagles are attracted to water. “To find Bald Eagles, head for water, where the birds are likely to be looking for fish,” AllAboutBirds.org notes. “Nationwide, Bald Eagles are most widespread during winter, where they can be found along coasts, rivers, lakes, and reservoirs in many states.”
Bald Eagles do like fish, but they don’t mind if others are doing the catching for them. They’ve been known to steal fish from other birds, like Ospreys. But fish aren’t the only source of their diet. I’ve seen a Bald Eagle snatch an American Coot out of a pond for breakfast at the Orlando Wetlands.
Some of my favorite photos I have taken of Bald Eagles happened at Lake Davis in a downtown Orlando neighborhood, where a mature Bald Eagle and a juvenile got into a territorial battle that raged high above the water and close to the surface.
Along with those images, here are some of my other favorite Bald Eagles photos, taken since January 2023.