Approve the Cookies
This website uses cookies to improve your user experience. By using this site, you agree to our use of cookies and our Privacy Policy.
OK
Index  •   • New posts  •   • RTAT  •   • 'Best of'  •   • Gallery  •   • Gear  •   • Reviews
Guest
New posts  •   • RTAT  •   • 'Best of'  •   • Gallery  •   • Gear  •   • Reviews
Register to forums    Log in

 
FORUMS Photo Sharing & Visual Enjoyment Birds 
Thread started 24 Feb 2008 (Sunday) 15:56
Search threadPrev/next
sponsored links
(this ad will go away when you log in as a registered member)

Bald eagle as scavenger

 
rw2
Goldmember
Avatar
4,201 posts
Likes: 1
Joined Jun 2006
Location: North Dakota
     
Feb 24, 2008 19:44 |  #16

A friend told me he passed by a similar situation a few days ago. No camera! These are great!


If you're afraid of failure ... you'll never succeed!
Rob

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
sponsored links
(this ad will go away when you log in as a registered member)
Earthangel
Senior Member
Avatar
937 posts
Joined Aug 2007
Location: Wellingborough England
     
Feb 24, 2008 19:50 |  #17

Lovely shots


Earthangel
Canon 5D, 40D. Rebel XT, 70-200mm F4.0- IS-L, 70-300mm F5.6, 28-105, F4.5, Tamron 18-200mm. F3.5
What we have to learn to do, we learn by doing - Aristotle:D

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
Sasquatch41
Senior Member
Avatar
390 posts
Likes: 1
Joined Sep 2007
Location: South central Washington state
     
Feb 24, 2008 20:00 |  #18

I often kill coyotes that come into my yard in winter, killing my stock and pets. I have seen Eagles both bald and golden eating on the carcasses.


Please speak slowly and distinctly. I have a wife and a computer, I don't need any more confusion in my life.
---------------
I wanted to be a nude photographer, but when I went outside naked, everyone pointed and laughed, so I gave it up.

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
gymell
THREAD ­ STARTER
Goldmember
Avatar
3,783 posts
Gallery: 3 photos
Likes: 71
Joined Feb 2005
Location: Bloomington, MN
     
Feb 25, 2008 07:47 |  #19

andrewhuxman wrote in post #4985753 (external link)
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.

Thanks, I'm sure they'll eat on anything dead they find. As for carrying off piglets, they can only carry a few pounds, at most half their weight, so the largest eagles would only be able to carry 7 pounds and that would really be pushing it. I suppose if a piglet weighed less than that, it would be possible, but I'm sure it's rare.

woody64 wrote in post #4986068 (external link)
Very nice shots as always Liz

Thanks!

philc123 wrote in post #4986113 (external link)
Superb set Liz, your so lucky to capture this. Great work. :)

Thanks, I was really glad to have the opportunity!

hTr wrote in post #4986401 (external link)
Outstanding opportunity well documented Liz

Some Damn fine camera work!!!!

Jim G wrote in post #4986408 (external link)
Great series! :)

Thanks!

Duane N wrote in post #4986453 (external link)
Stunning colors and sharpness....glad you got delayed a little bit and was able to share these with us. :D

Thanks, getting in stuck in the snow paid off in the end. ;)

bromm wrote in post #4986478 (external link)
Awesome series Liz, exposure, details and subject matter all come together, well done!

Thanks, I have photographed eagles many times, but never had the opportunity in this setting, so it was interesting to see.

EZRider wrote in post #4987166 (external link)
Outstanding indeed!

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


Beautiful shots. Bet you have more ;)

Thanks, yes they certainly will steal. I guess they're doing what they have to do for survival in a harsh climate.

webejamn wrote in post #4987182 (external link)
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.

Thanks, true they will scavenge when they can. Unfortunately a major cause of raptor death is being hit by vehicles. Even this one when it was done feeding flew low over the road I was parked on, which is a highway. It definitely runs the risk of being hit.

Lisa W wrote in post #4987203 (external link)
Super series of shots, Liz. Sometimes bad luck brings ensuing good luck.

Thanks, that's definitely true!


-Liz
My online gallery (external link) and Live Streaming Feeder Cam (external link)
Help native birds - discourage house sparrows! (external link)
Minnesota Master Naturalist (external link) - "Explore, Teach, Conserve"

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
gymell
THREAD ­ STARTER
Goldmember
Avatar
3,783 posts
Gallery: 3 photos
Likes: 71
Joined Feb 2005
Location: Bloomington, MN
     
Feb 25, 2008 07:51 |  #20

Sasquatch41 wrote in post #4987346 (external link)
I often kill coyotes that come into my yard in winter, killing my stock and pets. I have seen Eagles both bald and golden eating on the carcasses.

Not surprising. What type of ammunition do you use? Another leading cause of raptor death is lead poisoning from ammunition, which they can ingest from eating shot animals. Using alternatives like tin or steel can prevent that. Just thought I'd mention in if you weren't aware.


-Liz
My online gallery (external link) and Live Streaming Feeder Cam (external link)
Help native birds - discourage house sparrows! (external link)
Minnesota Master Naturalist (external link) - "Explore, Teach, Conserve"

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
canonloader
Cream of the Crop
Avatar
52,880 posts
Gallery: 1 photo
Likes: 50
Joined Aug 2006
Location: Behind A Camera
     
Feb 25, 2008 07:52 |  #21

I suppose if a piglet weighed less than that, it would be possible, but I'm sure it's rare.

I've been waiting to read in the newspaper where an eagle swooped down and carried off Paris Hiltons Chichuahua. :lol:


Mitch- ____...^.^...____
My Microscope Stuff (external link)
Gear List, My You Tube (external link)
War is not about who's right, it's about who's left.

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
Bill ­ Pham
Cream of the Crop
Avatar
5,102 posts
Likes: 2
Joined May 2007
Location: St. Paul MN
     
Feb 25, 2008 07:52 |  #22

wow nice and clear love that third one too. one day soon i'm gonna get some that are this clear.

Bill


winning is fun and second is for loser
I got Mitch hook on wide angle :lol::lol:
Gear list
http://billpham.smugmu​g.com/ (external link)

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
gymell
THREAD ­ STARTER
Goldmember
Avatar
3,783 posts
Gallery: 3 photos
Likes: 71
Joined Feb 2005
Location: Bloomington, MN
     
Feb 25, 2008 08:44 |  #23

canonloader wrote in post #4990313 (external link)
I've been waiting to read in the newspaper where an eagle swooped down and carried off Paris Hiltons Chichuahua. :lol:

Haha, now that would be some Paris Hilton news that I'd actually pay attention to! ;)


-Liz
My online gallery (external link) and Live Streaming Feeder Cam (external link)
Help native birds - discourage house sparrows! (external link)
Minnesota Master Naturalist (external link) - "Explore, Teach, Conserve"

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
Sindri ­ Skulason
Cream of the Crop
Avatar
10,403 posts
Likes: 6
Joined May 2005
Location: Iceland
     
Feb 25, 2008 09:04 |  #24

WOW...outstanding behaviour series. Great work Liz. :-)


Best regards

Sindri

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
gymell
THREAD ­ STARTER
Goldmember
Avatar
3,783 posts
Gallery: 3 photos
Likes: 71
Joined Feb 2005
Location: Bloomington, MN
     
Feb 25, 2008 09:06 |  #25

Bill Pham wrote in post #4990316 (external link)
wow nice and clear love that third one too. one day soon i'm gonna get some that are this clear.

Bill

Thanks! I'd pretty much given up on eagles this winter, after several attempts by the river. Figures that I'd come across a good opportunity when I wasn't even trying!

Sindri Skulason wrote in post #4990636 (external link)
WOW...outstanding behaviour series. Great work Liz. :-)

Thanks, it was really interesting to see that close. I was hoping that one of the other eagles would swoop in and could get some good action shots.


-Liz
My online gallery (external link) and Live Streaming Feeder Cam (external link)
Help native birds - discourage house sparrows! (external link)
Minnesota Master Naturalist (external link) - "Explore, Teach, Conserve"

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
rstuntz
Senior Member
Avatar
461 posts
Joined Jun 2005
Location: Iowa, USA
     
Feb 25, 2008 11:06 as a reply to  @ post 4987203 |  #26

Nice images Liz. I was told once (and I don't know if it is true) that bald eagles are in the same family of birds as the vultures we see around here in the summer. Maybe someone else can speak to that point as well?


-Ryan
Canon 20D, 40D, 5D Mark II 580EX, BG-E2 Grip, EF-S 18-55, 24-105 F4 L, 70-200 2.8 IS L, 1.4X and 2X TC's, EF 28-135 IS, 17-40 4.0 L, EF 50 mm 1.8 II, 300 2.8 IS L, http://www.stuntzphoto​graphy.com (external link)

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
EZRider
Senior Member
Avatar
831 posts
Joined Aug 2004
Location: Kissimmee, Florida
     
Feb 25, 2008 11:08 |  #27

canonloader wrote in post #4990313 (external link)
I've been waiting to read in the newspaper where an eagle swooped down and carried off Paris Hiltons Chichuahua. :lol:


That would be so hot! :lol:


http://spaces.msn.com/​patriot1964/ (external link)
G2 / 300D / 24-105L IS / 100-400L IS / Nifty Fifty / 420EX

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
gymell
THREAD ­ STARTER
Goldmember
Avatar
3,783 posts
Gallery: 3 photos
Likes: 71
Joined Feb 2005
Location: Bloomington, MN
     
Feb 25, 2008 11:24 |  #28

rstuntz wrote in post #4991343 (external link)
Nice images Liz. I was told once (and I don't know if it is true) that bald eagles are in the same family of birds as the vultures we see around here in the summer. Maybe someone else can speak to that point as well?

Thanks Ryan. Actually that's not true. Vultures aren't technically raptors. They exclusively eat carrion and are one of the few birds with a well-developed sense of smell, for that purpose. They have weak beaks and are not able to tear flesh easily, like this eagle is doing. They also have weak talons and can't grab prey. It's the different between a true scavenger, and a bird of prey that will also scavenge when the opportunity presents itself.


-Liz
My online gallery (external link) and Live Streaming Feeder Cam (external link)
Help native birds - discourage house sparrows! (external link)
Minnesota Master Naturalist (external link) - "Explore, Teach, Conserve"

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
rstuntz
Senior Member
Avatar
461 posts
Joined Jun 2005
Location: Iowa, USA
     
Feb 25, 2008 12:35 |  #29

gymell wrote in post #4991446 (external link)
Thanks Ryan. Actually that's not true. Vultures aren't technically raptors. They exclusively eat carrion and are one of the few birds with a well-developed sense of smell, for that purpose. They have weak beaks and are not able to tear flesh easily, like this eagle is doing. They also have weak talons and can't grab prey. It's the different between a true scavenger, and a bird of prey that will also scavenge when the opportunity presents itself.

Ah... now I know... Thanks for the enlightenment. It did seem to jive and that is why I didn't present it as fact. ;)

Are you starting to see quite a few birds make their way back up into your territory. There aren't many around here right now.


-Ryan
Canon 20D, 40D, 5D Mark II 580EX, BG-E2 Grip, EF-S 18-55, 24-105 F4 L, 70-200 2.8 IS L, 1.4X and 2X TC's, EF 28-135 IS, 17-40 4.0 L, EF 50 mm 1.8 II, 300 2.8 IS L, http://www.stuntzphoto​graphy.com (external link)

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
gymell
THREAD ­ STARTER
Goldmember
Avatar
3,783 posts
Gallery: 3 photos
Likes: 71
Joined Feb 2005
Location: Bloomington, MN
     
Feb 25, 2008 12:48 |  #30

rstuntz wrote in post #4991919 (external link)
Ah... now I know... Thanks for the enlightenment. It did seem to jive and that is why I didn't present it as fact. ;)

Are you starting to see quite a few birds make their way back up into your territory. There aren't many around here right now.

Haven't seen too many, but I haven't been down to the river in a while.


-Liz
My online gallery (external link) and Live Streaming Feeder Cam (external link)
Help native birds - discourage house sparrows! (external link)
Minnesota Master Naturalist (external link) - "Explore, Teach, Conserve"

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
sponsored links
(this ad will go away when you log in as a registered member)

10,309 views & 0 likes for this thread
Bald eagle as scavenger
FORUMS Photo Sharing & Visual Enjoyment Birds 
AAA
x 1600
y 1600

Jump to forum...   •  Rules   •  Index   •  New posts   •  RTAT   •  'Best of'   •  Gallery   •  Gear   •  Reviews   •  Member list   •  Polls   •  Image rules   •  Search   •  Password reset

Not a member yet?
Register to forums
Registered members may log in to forums and access all the features: full search, image upload, follow forums, own gear list and ratings, likes, more forums, private messaging, thread follow, notifications, own gallery, all settings, view hosted photos, own reviews, see more and do more... and all is free. Don't be a stranger - register now and start posting!


COOKIES DISCLAIMER: This website uses cookies to improve your user experience. By using this site, you agree to our use of cookies and to our privacy policy.
Privacy policy and cookie usage info.


POWERED BY AMASS forum software 2.1forum software
version 2.1 /
code and design
by Pekka Saarinen ©
for photography-on-the.net

Latest registered member is mcsdet
1648 guests, 231 members online
Simultaneous users record so far is 15144, that happened on Nov 22, 2018

Photography-on-the.net Digital Photography Forums is the website for photographers and all who love great photos, camera and post processing techniques, gear talk, discussion and sharing. Professionals, hobbyists, newbies and those who don't even own a camera -- all are welcome regardless of skill, favourite brand, gear, gender or age. Registering and usage is free.