As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Leucistic bald eagle in north west USA

Leucistic eagle spotted on Nooksack River
January 2013. Chris Teren, a wildlife photographer from Washington State in USA recently took these gorgeous photos of a leucistic bald eagle on the Nooksack River in the north of the state. The eagle looks even more attractive than usual with the white patches on his body and wings.
Chris has more images of the eagle, and he also has some other lovely wildlife shots, especially of orca. Click here to go to Chris Teren's website.

The patches are caused by leucism; Leucism is a very unusual condition whereby the pigmentation cells in an animal or bird fail to develop properly. This can result in unusual white patches appearing on the animal, or, more rarely, completely white creatures.

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