Fun Friday: Hijacked!

Today’s post features a long sequence of images I captured of a mid-air hijacking of a fish, by a Bald Eagle. This sequence was captured a few years ago as wintering bald eagles were fishing in the Mississippi River, near LeClaire, Iowa.

Here’s the scenario …

An immature Bald Eagle spots a fish in the river and begins his approach for the capture:

Bald Eagle fishing

Bald Eagle fishing

With fish locked in his right leg’s talons, he emerges from the dip into the river and heads to find a suitable perch to eat his catch:

Bald Eagle fishing

Bald Eagle fishing

Bald Eagle fishing

But within a blink of an eye, a nearby adult Bald Eagle spots the captured fish and begins his aerial assault to take the fish away:

Bald Eagle fishing

Bald Eagle fishing

Bald Eagle fishing

Getting ever closer, the adult hones in on the catch:

Bald Eagle fishing

Bald Eagle fishing

Bald Eagle fishing

Ready to make contact, the adult reaches in and grabs the fish out of the immature eagle’s talons:

Bald Eagle fishing

Below is an enlargement of this last image:

Bald Eagle fishing

With his newly “caught” meal, the adult heads off to enjoy his catch:

Bald Eagle fishing

As the adult flies off, the immature bald eagle is seen following him, but quickly realizes he has lost the battle, and gives up on the chase:

Bald Eagle fishing

And the adult Bald Eagle flies over me to a nearby tree, fish tucked under his tail feathers:

Bald Eagle fishing in the river

These rare moments are exciting to experience!

This week, I’ve started my wildflower hikes in the Ozarks area, so stay tuned for images that I capture during my outings. Wildflowers are just beginning to peak through the leaf clutter, so won’t be long!

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 100-400 mm, f/4.5 – f/5.6 IS lens + Canon 1.4X TC
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 3200
  • Aperture f/11
  • Shutter Speed 1/1000 sec. to 1/2500 sec.

 

 

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