Collin J Örthner – Photographer

June 28, 2007

Bald Eagle

Filed under: Birds, Nature, Travel — collin orthner @ 4:01 am


Otherwise known as Haliaeetus leucocephalus, this eagle was photographed along the Nicola Valley, in the grasslands of British Columbia. There is an interesting story to go along with this image. We watched an eagle snag a fish from a small lake, but unfortunately for it, by only one claw. As the eagle climbed in flight, the fish, obviously, was squirming to get away. When the eagle was 50 meters or so in height, the fish finally squirmed loose, and with a bittersweet turn in the story, it fell the 50 meters to the ground. This story doesn’t end here though. Prowling around on the ground was a coyote who saw the fish fall, ran a short distance to it, and had lunch.
[Nikon F4, 600mm, Fuji Provia]

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