That bird can really swim, even with a giant fish.
It has my butterfly beat, that’s for sure.
The bald eagle is a majestic bird of prey and the national emblem of the United States. These creatures are some of the largest raptors in North America. An average adult bald eagle stands about 30 to 40 inches tall, has a wingspan of 6 to 7.5 feet, and weighs between 8 to 14 pounds.
Bald eagles are highly adaptable hunters with a diverse diet. While fish make up a significant portion of their diet, they are opportunistic feeders that can use a range of food sources. Their diet includes fish, waterfowl, small mammals, and dead animals. They often search for prey near bodies of water, utilizing their keen eyesight to locate potential targets.
Their eyes are uniquely designed to provide them with a tool that gives them a major advantage, allowing them to spot prey from far distances. Their eyes are about four to five times sharper than those of humans, and they possess excellent color vision, enabling them to identify subtle differences in shades.
Bald eagles strike their prey with speed from above, often not breaking stride as they pick them up. When fish are too large to be lifted directly from the water, bald eagles use their intelligence to still get the meal they caught.
They allow the large fish to hold them down then use their massive wings to paddle their way in shore.
This bald eagle was caught in the act near Vancouver Island. A fisherman spotted the bird and thought it was drowning until it got out of the water with a fish still gripped in its talons. And it wasn’t just any fish… it was a biggin.
A meal well-deserved after that workout.