Relax, I’m not going to show you a bunch of eagle images. 🙂
I was out and about yesterday and as is my habit I always drive by the 16th Street Basin. In years past it has been robust with wildlife, but for some reason it has been absent of wildlife this year.
Yesterday was the exception. I was delighted to see more than a half-dozen eagles sitting on the ice and in the trees. Lots of ring-billed gulls and even a few geese. The eagles were out in the middle of the basin, too far away to get a good shot of them. Besides I have thousands of images of eagles sitting on the ice. 🙂
But then an eagle took off and did a dive (which I missed) into the open water and came up with a small fish. I had trouble following the action but you can see the juvenile eagle in hot pursuit of the adult eagle. Since the juveniles are still learning how to fish they often times try to steal the food of the more accomplished adults.
I was busy photographing gulls because they were much closer to me then the eagles. I was enjoying watching this little guy walk toward me. When I first arrived at my spot he flew away and landed several yards away. He took his time but eventually walked back to where he originally had been.
Somewhere in the tussle between the eagles the fish was dropped and guess who took advantage of that. 🙂
I don’t think it is the same gull that I had been photographing (that would have made a better story) but when opportunity knocks you have to be ready to seize it. 🙂
That’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.
It looks like we missed seeing each other at 16th Street yesterday. I came in late and everybody else was gone already. Had it all for myself. I talked briefly with one of my birder friends who just left when I arrived, and she told me that several people took pictures earlier. You must have been one of them! Well, next time… 😉
I saw your blog this morning. You got some great pictures. I couldn’t get very close to them