I too had never witnessed an American Bald Eagle in the wild until a couple years ago. We have some wetlands up WV St Rt. 2 where a couple of them have been spotted along with some Osprey's.
I was going to a musical gig, driving up St. Rt. 2 when I saw a Bald Eagle floating on thermals above the road. It just nearly took my breath away. In all my then 54 years, I had never saw one in the wild. They tell me that a nesting pair is near those wetlands farther on up the road.
Of course, I was driving, had no camera and didn't know it was an Eagle until I got directly underneath, so you will just have to take my word for it.