Eagle Catches a Fish

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Well, when I arrived at Swan Lake this summer I told Ilise that there was one picture I have still not taken of the eagle. That is of them swooping down and catching a fish from the lake. Now, I have been following this family of eagles for 5 years and each year I improve my camera, find out more about the eagle and how they live while compiling a library of pictures that I will treasure for a life-time. Well, this past Sunday I was kayaking on the lake early in the morning and spotted one of the bald eagles swooping across the lake. I was about 100 yards away and just started taking pictures as fast as I could. The camera was on auto focus so I wasn’t certain what the camera was focusing on, but away I went.

The eagle hit the water and then took off to the other side of the lake. Again, I have been following this bird for 5 years and have never seen him land on the ground or a stump, only in a tree. Well, on this day he landed on a stump on the far side of the lake. So, I started taking some more pictures, not sue what was going on. I continued on my kayak for the next 90 minutes and didn’t realize what I had taken pictures of until I got back and loaded them on my camera. Below are three pictures that I took from at least 100 yards away and was able to crop the images so you can see what happened. I finally caught the eagle catching a fish!

The first two pictures are of the eagle catching the fish with its claws and the third picture is after he landed on the far side of the lake and the eagle transferred the fish to its mouth. What an amazing honor it was to take these pictures of this amazing creature.

I hope you enjoy these pictures as much as I did taking them!

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