|Shasta with adult white plumage, spotted at Glendale Cove, British Columbia, Sept. 4, 2017. Photo by Robert Higgs|
|Shasta, with juvenile plumage, in Laguna Beach, Calif., April 17, 2015. Photo by Adrienne Helitzer|
I recently received a note from Robert Higgs, who captured the top photo on Sept. 4 at the estuary at Glendale Cove, Knight Inlet, British Columbia while on vacation.
"I was with my wife, Jean, and the General Manager of the Knight Inlet Lodge, Brian Collen, when we spotted Shasta," Higgs said. "We saw her fly in and she settled high up in the tree. It was a few minutes before we noticed something orange on her wing – and it was only with binoculars that we were able to identify it as a tag – and the number 32."
Higgs discovered that the orange wing marker #32 belonged to a bald eagle named Shasta on the Institute of Wildlife Studies website.
Shasta hatched on Catalina Island in March 2013, which makes her about 4 1/2 years old. Bald eagles develop the distinctive adult white plumage on the head and tail at about age 4 or 5.
"Reflecting upon the jouney she has made, I now feel a strange, emotional attachment to Shasta," Higgs said.
The bald eagle was the focus of my column on April 30, 2015, read the complete story in The Orange County Register.
To report additional sightings of Shasta or other banded birds, go to reportband.gov.