Bald eagles are born brown, and stay that way until they reach adulthood. Around age five the young birds’ brown head and tail feathers turn their distinctive white while their talons turn golden along with their beaks. There are more bald eagles in Alaska – well over 30,000 – than in the rest of the whole world. This image is included as the 15th spread in my children’s book, “Once Upon Alaska”. Thank you for visiting.