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I identified the birds using The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America by David Allen Sibley, ISBN 0-679-45121-8, page 113.
I'm finding photo's of a Ferruginous hawk that look quite similar. In fact some look the same as that example you posted I don't think is a juvenile Bald Eagle.
This is the largest of the North American Buteos and is often mistaken for an eagle due to its size, proportions, and behavior.
So did you determine if you already got an expert reply or not? I'm no ornithologist, but this person claimed to be one, though it's unclear if amateur or professional. Let us know what the area expert says, you got me curious.
Hopefully, an area expert will give some accurate info soon.
reply to post by SkepticOverlord
Sorry, but definitely not a bald eagle. I see them daily and it's not close. Could be an Osprey.
I've only seen one a handful of times, but a golden eagle is a sight to behold. The wingspan on those birds...oh man!