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Bald eagle as scavenger

 
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Feb 24, 2008 15:56 |  #1

Yesterday as I was leaving Sax-Zim bog, I happened to see a bald eagle on a fresh deer carcass. Someone told me earlier in the day that a dead deer had been dragged off the road by someone. I guess it didn't take long for the eagles to find it. When I stopped, the eagle took off into the trees adjacent to the field, where another eagle was already sitting. I sat there a while to see if it would come back, which it didn't. I was packing up and then noticed there was a train coming, so I had to wait a little bit longer - and then a 3rd eagle came in and landed on the carcass. Since I wasn't expecting that, I didn't get the landing shot (which would have been cool) but I did get several others. I thought these were interesting, because they are a reminder that while the bald eagle is considered a fish eagle, it's also very opportunistic and will take advantage of any free meal it finds.

This is just after it landed and it's walking to the butt end of the carcass (must be the tasty part.)

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Really working hard to tear off a piece:
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Mmm, deer butt!
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Looking satisfied:
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Feb 24, 2008 16:03 |  #2

Wow, what a series Liz. Really lucky train came by for you. :)


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Feb 24, 2008 16:06 |  #3

Great series Liz, you really know how to shoot Eagles...Love that first shot. steve


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Feb 24, 2008 16:07 |  #4

canonloader wrote in post #4985629 (external link)
Wow, what a series Liz. Really lucky train came by for you. :)

Yes, had I not gotten stuck in the snow for an hour, and then caught by a train, I never would have found this. So in the end, an hour of panicked digging (with an ice scraper and a 2x4) and then a small inconvenience worked out really well for me! :D


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Feb 24, 2008 16:08 |  #5

ajosteve wrote in post #4985645 (external link)
Great series Liz, you really know how to shoot Eagles...Love that first shot. steve

Thanks, I got really lucky and was in the right place at the right time!


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Feb 24, 2008 16:23 |  #6

Nice series of shots ,I have seen Eagles eating on dead pigs in Iowa before and have heard stories of them carrying little piglets off and feeding on them.


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Feb 24, 2008 17:08 |  #7

Very nice shots as always Liz


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Feb 24, 2008 17:13 |  #8

Superb set Liz, your so lucky to capture this. Great work. :)


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Feb 24, 2008 17:54 |  #9

Outstanding opportunity well documented Liz

Some Damn fine camera work!!!!


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Feb 24, 2008 17:56 |  #10

Great series! :)


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Feb 24, 2008 18:01 as a reply to  @ Jim G's post |  #11

Stunning colors and sharpness....glad you got delayed a little bit and was able to share these with us. :D


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Feb 24, 2008 18:06 as a reply to  @ Duane N's post |  #12

Awesome series Liz, exposure, details and subject matter all come together, well done!


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Feb 24, 2008 19:36 |  #13

Outstanding indeed!

The Eagles around here will eat anything and steal food from any Bird!


Beautiful shots. Bet you have more ;)


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Feb 24, 2008 19:38 as a reply to  @ EZRider's post |  #14

thats exactly how they are.. scavengers, i see them often eating dead dear with crows on the side of the road, but i never have a camera ready, oh well...
great shots though.


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Feb 24, 2008 19:42 |  #15

Super series of shots, Liz. Sometimes bad luck brings ensuing good luck.


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