This isn’t a very good photo but I’ve posted it anyway for those who might not have ever seen a Bald Eagle in flight, let alone two of them. Actually, if I had pulled back you could see twelve of them. They were wheeling pretty fast and I had the wrong lens mounted. After shooting the Tulip fields in the morning, we were having lunch in La Conner overlooking the Swinomish Channel, when the Eagles starting competing with the Seagulls for fish scraps from the tribal fishing boats.
Each winter, hundreds of Eagles from as far away as Alaska descend on the Skagit River to feed on the remains of returning Salmon. Guided drift boats allow visitors to view the Eagles perched in trees along the river waiting for struggling fish.An Eagle will occasionally snatch a live fish from near the surface, like an Osprey, but they are mostly scavengers. That’s one of the reasons Benjamin Franklin wanted the wild Turkey as our national bird instead of the Eagle.
We have a pair that often hunt near the lake and can be seen out our kitchen window. In fact, one of them was out there yesterday being mobbed by a murder of crows. Once in a while one of the Eagles will rest in the big fir tree in our backyard. If bird droppings on your car annoys you, trust me, you do not want an Eagle whitewashing your patio.