I went to Waynesboro, Virginia for Riverfest to see Buddy the Bald Eagle, ambassador for the Wildlife Center of Virginia. Bald Eagles, through yearly moults, finally get their signature white heads and tails in their fifth year. Buddy turned 5 this year on April 27th and has grown into a beautiful adult bird. Click to see pictures of Buddy through the years.
Buddy had a lesion caused by Avian Pox as a nestling. He was removed from his nest in the Norfolk Botanical Gardens, treated, raised and is cared for at WCV. Because of the pox his beak will never grow properly and he cannot be released into the wild. You can read more about Buddy on the Wildlife Center website.
Who says birds don't have personalities?