Adult male bird: A "flying fishing machine". Brown above, white
underparts. Head white with brown eye stripe. Yellow eyes. Often misidentified as Bald
Eagle. Aloft, forms an easy to identify "M" shape.
Adult female bird:
Similar to the male, but tail and flight feathers are barred brown. Generally more
streaked on the upper breast with the appearance of a necklace.
No significant change.
Immature bird: Similar
to adults but slightly buff color outlining all dark feathers. Barring on tail feathers
more exaggerated than adult. Keeps juvenile plumage for about two years but takes five
years for complete molt.
Habitat: Lakes, inshore
waters, freshwater marshes and salt marshes.
Breeding: In Florida,