I was in northern MN fishing a few years ago. Those things are crazy graceful and fun to watch .... *except.*
I saw one drowning, I thought. He was flopping in the water, barely staying afloat, trying to get to the shore. He finally made it, and flopped pathetically up the small hill. I was worried about him, so I canoed closer.
It turns out he was fine and knew exactly what he was doing. After majestically skimming the water like in this photo, he'd caught a decent-size northern pike. Unlike on TV, where the eagles expertly stab the water with their talons and snatch a fish right into the air, he caught the fish and just fell in. But he didn't let go. He wrestled that fish to shore and up the embankment. When I got close enough I could see that he was ripping into the fish. But he didn't like my proximity, so he flew off, leaving the fish. I felt bad for ruining his breakfast.
Like how the wings bend forward
Amazing shot & angle. Was photographer a flying squirrel perhaps?
I feel like i should be balancing this eagles beak on my finger
Wow! One of our boys was a sailing instructor at a camp in Vermont this summer and a bald eagle came swooping down at the lake. He said it was *terrifying* how big the eagle was and how silently it appeared. They are definitely making a comeback and are majestic to see in the wild.
Bald eagles truly are majestic creatures...
... never moreso than when they drop a dirty deuce from a great height.
If you have never seen this happen, then you can't fully comprehend the greatness of these beasts.
How does one manage to capture this shot?