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A Bald Eagle Swimming! This eagle had taken down a lone Canada goose and not being able to “lift off” with its prize had to swim to shore using its wings. Their usual prey is fish but they are hard to find and there are many, too many, Canada geese around. I am surprised that the geese are not a more frequent target.  Bald Eagle,Canada,Geotagged,Haliaeetus leucocephalus Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

A Bald Eagle Swimming!

This eagle had taken down a lone Canada goose and not being able to “lift off” with its prize had to swim to shore using its wings. Their usual prey is fish but they are hard to find and there are many, too many, Canada geese around. I am surprised that the geese are not a more frequent target.

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  1. That's amazing! Is it still holding the goose underwater? Posted 13 days ago
    1. Yes, it seems that in fact, it can’t let go. The bird has to go to shore to relax the muscles. And, yes, it pulled the goose all the way to shore. I do have a rather ugly photo of the remains that I took to confirm the ID of the goose but thought better of posting it! This is not the first time we have seen an eagle “swimming”. One other time the eagle had latched onto a Dogfish shark that was also too heavy for the bird to carry off. Posted 13 days ago
      1. Has it got the same ratchet method of locking its claws as the Barn Owl. As once they're locked they stay locked, not sure that they can release during flight. Great shots, anyway! Posted 11 days ago
        1. Very similar mechanism! Posted 11 days ago
          1. Cheers, thanks Posted 11 days ago
  2. Eagles take quite a risk when they do this.. big birds of prey aren’t generally meant to swim and they have been known to tire and drown. Posted 13 days ago, modified 13 days ago
    1. A really good point! Shows just how desperate the eagle is to eat something g. Posted 13 days ago
  3. AMAZING! Posted 13 days ago
    1. Thanks, always so exciting to see! Posted 13 days ago

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The Bald Eagle is a bird of prey found in North America. It is the national bird of the United States of America and appears on its Seal. This sea eagle has two known sub-species and forms a species pair with the White-tailed Eagle. Its range includes most of Canada and Alaska, all of the contiguous United States, and northern Mexico. It is found near large bodies of open water with an abundant food supply and old-growth trees for nesting.

Similar species: Diurnal Birds Of Prey
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Uploaded Jun 21, 2022. Captured in 311 Whaletown Rd, Whaletown, BC V0P 1Z0, Canada.