A pair of eagles dining on fresh caught salmon while a seagull waits for scraps

Posted June 21, 2022 at 10:43 pm by

Pho­to cred­it: Brad Pillow

Pho­to cap­tured below the bluff at the Cape.

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  1. I enjoy Pil­low’s pho­tos and appre­ci­ate his long lens and patience stan­dards but cringe a bit at anthro­po­mor­phic phras­es and inac­cu­rate nat­ur­al his­to­ry. This pho­to of two adult Balds on a salmon is almost cer­tain­ly the result of the fish dying or being severe­ly trau­ma­tized in some way to wash ashore. Eagles do not cap­ture a liv­ing fish any­where near the size and weight of this salmon. They would be inca­pable of get­ting off the water or killing it. Bald Eagles are well-known to be pre­dom­i­nant­ly car­rion eaters (as opposed to much more spec­tac­u­lar Gold­en Eagles). In a stream crammed with spawned out salmon they can drag near­ly comatose dying fish ashore in shal­low water. They often pre­fer well rot­ted flesh to scavenge.

    Comment by Steve Ulvi on June 22, 2022 at 8:03 am

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