June 13th, 2014 – Avian Friday: Sushi Brawl
It that time of the year again when the Bald Eagles congregate along the Hood Canal shorelines to feed on the sculpin fish exposed in the shallows that become easy pickings during the low tides. The eagles, often thought of as top of the food chain raptors are really opportunistic feeders. Almost more scavenger like than predatory. They’ll often wait for Great Blue Herons to catch the fish and then swoop down and steal it from them. There are also squabbles among themselves over claims to the captured prey. This juvenile is trying its best to fend off the adult who has decided the youngster isn’t entitled to its fresh seafood buffet.
I’ve only been out on a couple of occasions to photograph these guys and so far the light has been less than ideal. Hopefully I can catch a day or two in the next few weeks when conditions are more favorable and share some more images of them with you.
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus
500mm | 1/2500th Sec. @f/5.6| ISO 500
Canon 1DX+ Canon EF 500/4L IS USM
Processed with Lightroom 5, Photoshop CS6, Nik Collection.
Feel free to comment below if you like what you see or have any other observations.
Thanks for stopping by,