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Old Oct 23, 2011, 9:42 PM   #1
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Default Bald Eagle eating a Coot.

Shot pictures of my 1st Bald Eagle of the season yesterday. Caught him just after sunrise sitting in a low branch.
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Old Oct 23, 2011, 9:43 PM   #2
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I watched him fly off and saw him a few minutes later flying into a large Cottonwood tree with something in his talons. It turned out to be a Coot. He was plucking the feathers as I drove up.
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He made quick work of most of the Coot.
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But when it came to the feet, well, apparently Coot feet don't go down that easily.
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He worked on it for a bit and then gave up on the foot. He was pretty well done with the rest of the bird by then anyway.
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When he had finished with the Coot he cleaned his beak on the limb and that was that.
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One last look around before he took off. I didn't see any trace of him today when I was out at the refuge. But then there is a lot space for him to roam.

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Wow, he's on fire in #1!!
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That is a great series. You had some perfect lighting on the eagle.
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Wow, he's on fire in #1!!
Thanks Saly, the sun had only been up about 20 minutes at that point. I really did light up his/her back alright.
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