Bald Eagle Snags A Catfish From Edge Of Backyard Pond

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I’m here to watch bald eagles do just about anything, but it’s especially cool seeing them hunt.

From flying to heights of 10,000 feet, building the largest nests of any bird in North America (some weighing more than 2 tons), and being the national symbol of the greatest country on the face of the earth, there’s no shortage of reasons to love the majestic bald eagle.

They also have one of the wildest mating rituals called the “Daredevil Cartwheel” where two potential mates lock talons high in the air, then spiral down toward the ground in a free fall before letting go and doing it all over again. Talk about a building a trusting relationship…

But, like with all raptors, watching them swoop down from a perch and snag a fish from the water is about the most fun you can have, and this person was able to capture one doing just that in their neighbors’ backyard.

Starting from the top of the roof, the eagle spotted a meal swimming right on the edge of the nearby body of water. In one smooth motion, it jumped into the air and flew down directly on top of the fish, sunk in its sharp claws, and began dragging it out of the water.

The lady filming is clearly shocked to see this happen and can be heard saying:

“Oh my gosh, he’s got a catfish!”

I don’t think he was going to be able to take flight with that sucker in tow because it was a pretty chunky fella. Probably going to have to rip a few pieces off and fly them back to the nest then hope there’s still something left by the time it returns.

Even in suburbia, you never know what nature is surrounding you, so always keep your eyes open.

A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock