Let me introduce you to the stunning and rare Leucistic Bald Eagle! Recently, while exploring the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma, I had the privilege of capturing this magnificent bird through my lens. The sight of this eagle soaring through the sky with its pristine white feathers was a truly breathtaking experience that left me in a state of complete and utter awe.

Leucistic Bald Eagle Perched In Tree

Leucistic Bald Eagle Perched In Tree

Leucistic Bald Eagle In Flight

Leucistic Bald Eagle In Flight

For those of you who may not be familiar with Leucistic Bald Eagles, they are a rare and unique variety of the Bald Eagle species. Leucism is a genetic condition that causes a partial loss of pigmentation in an animal’s skin, hair, or feathers. As a result, these eagles have a striking appearance, with pure white feathers that shine like a beacon of light.

The Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge is a photographer’s paradise, and the Leucistic Bald Eagle was undoubtedly the cherry on top of an already incredible experience. The emotions that flooded me as I snapped photos of this bird will stay with me forever. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to capture the beauty and rarity of this creature through my lens.

During my time at the refuge, I was fortunate enough to spot this eagle in several locations, including near the auto tour road. I managed to capture the first photo while hand-holding my camera and lens, and the other one was taken from inside my pickup.

If you’re a wildlife photography enthusiast or simply a lover of the great outdoors, I highly recommend making a pilgrimage to the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge. You never know what incredible creatures you might encounter, and with a bit of luck, you may even catch a glimpse of a Leucistic Bald Eagle in all its glory.

In conclusion, the Leucistic Bald Eagle is a testament to the diversity and beauty of nature. It’s a rare and awe-inspiring sight that fills the heart with joy and wonder. I feel incredibly grateful to have had the opportunity to witness and capture the beauty of this creature through my photography.

Gear Used:

  • Camera: Canon EOS R5
  • Lens: Canon EF 800 mm f/11


  • Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
  • Date Taken: February 8 and 11, 2022
  • Exposure Mode: Manual
  • Aperture: f11 (Fixed)
  • Shutter speed: 1/3200 On All These Photos
  • ISO: 1000 to 1600 (Auto)
  • Focal Length: 800 mm