Signal Mtn

Eagles Nest

Standing Guard
© Miles Hecker


Bald eagles are found in Yellowstone throughout the year. You are however, more likely to spot them in the winter. This female was guarding her nest even though in late February she had yet to lay any eggs. This nest, located just inside the West Yellowstone entrance is probably the most famous bald eagle nest in Yellowstone.   Bald eagles build their nests in large trees near rivers or coasts. A typical nest is around 5 feet in diameter and can weigh as much as 2 tons.

The plumage of an adult Bald Eagle is evenly brown with a white head and tail. The plumage of the immature is brown, speckled with white until the fifth (rarely fourth, very rarely third) year, when it reaches sexual maturity.




As is the case with most birdlife, eagles are most active in early morning or late afternoon.

The eagle photographed here mates in early March. The 35 days of incubation duties are shared by both male and female. After the eggs hatch, the chicks spend up some 10 to 13 weeks in the nest before fledging.

Even though this nest is quite near the road, the site is posted and you are not allowed to park there. If you park outside the no parking zone a very large lens is needed to get the shot.


LENS: 300-800mm on a crop sensor camera


Slide films: Fuji Provia 400X

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