This was a National Geographic find. I love this little guy, curiously sticking his bill into the camera. It was a fun perspective to draw.
I drew both bald eagles on the same day, penance for a skipped day.
Like the other one, I tried to choose a source photo that wasn’t a calm, composed bird sitting regally on a branch – nothing like the birds we see topping our flag-poles, or on our money. I wanted a bird with the kind of fire and rage that might have inspired the original bird-as-emblem-pickers to chose this one over the many other gorgeous birds in this nation. He’s coming to get you, so watch yourself!