Sitting in the RV I happened to look out the window and see an eagle fly by. I knew there was a nest not too far from where we were camped. I headed out with my camera and started taking pictures. A lot of the pictures did not turn out, but some of them did. Thank goodness for digital cameras.
It took me a minute or two to realize that someone was throwing fish out for the eagles. Here the eagle is coming in to pick up the fish on the ground.
It swooped in and grabbed the fish.
And flew away.
What magnificent birds they are.
I took a million pictures. Then I thought about the danger of feeding wildlife. I got up my nerve and went over to the woman throwing the fish. I mentioned that perhaps it might not be a good idea for her to be feeding the eagles. She said she had a permit from Fish and Game and that it was ok. They were very hungry because the salmon had not started running.
At first I had thought the eagles were raiding the nests of the birds in the wetland but they weren't. They also feed from the sloughs when fishermen come in and clean their fish. It's a good place for eagles to live.
After having wild turkeys in our yard all year, I've decided that the eagle is a much better choice for the national bird!
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