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Old Jul 21, 2015, 1:10 PM   #1
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a friend wanted to go over to a spot on Hood Canal this past weekend where eagles gather every summer in June to fish and gorge on salmon and whatever else they can catch. it was a bit late in the year, but he wanted to see if there was any eagle activity left, so i went with him... not much going on, unfortunately. Just a few juvenile eagles - yearlings, by the look of them - and an adult that hung around keeping an eye on things. i suspect it was a resident family. the distance was farther than i'd expected, so it was hard to get really good shots, but i can see where it'd be entertaining with crowds of eagles milling around... this one saw a heron with a fish and, in typical eagle fashion, tried to steal it, but the heron was having none of that! it took off with the eagle in pursuit...



the eagle closed in on the heron's "six"...



finally the eagle gave up and broke off pursuit, and the heron flew away to enjoy its meal. the wingspans are about the same, but the eagle is so much more burly... i'm sure it could've taken the fish by main force, but being a youngster, lacked the patience to prosecute the attack to completion...

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Old Jul 21, 2015, 6:06 PM   #2
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G'day mate

Another of your excellent series of images with enough comment provided to make it all happen as tho we were there with you

Keep 'em coming

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No easy lunch for the Heron. He has to run for his life to protect his catch.
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What a great event to witness. I loved the commentary along with the great photos.
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G'day mate
Another of your excellent series of images with enough comment provided to make it all happen as tho we were there with you
Keep 'em coming
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thanks, Phil!

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No easy lunch for the Heron. He has to run for his life to protect his catch.
thanks, WCKSer! yeah, he had to beat a hasty retreat to keep his fish...

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What a great event to witness. I loved the commentary along with the great photos.
thanks, Tangula!
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