The Hunt!

8 03 2011

As I was walking along the beach on Boundary Bay in Delta, I passed a young Eagle on a power pole.

 

Learning to Hunt by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

 

I stopped to take a few shots and then while I was looking to try to shoot the Brant out past the flats, the eagle starts to fly! Someone said something and I turned around to get a shot of him passing by. He swooped down and tried to pick a little male Bufflehead out of the ditch next to the dyke.

 

Learning to Hunt by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

 

No love, the little bufflehead ducked into the foot deep ditch and evaded the talons. He flew back and settled back onto his power pole.

 

Learning to Hunt by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

 

He didn’t seem to really fully settle.. had that itch to move look, so I positioned myself a little closer to the duck and with a less obstructed view. Sure enough – A send pass – FAIL,

 

Learning to Hunt by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

 

and then a quick 360 and another go at it… this time he tried to hover (eagles trying to hover – not quite as graceful as humming birds or harriers ) This attempt ended in failure again.

 

Learning to Hunt by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

 

After some time on his pole, he came in for a last pass. He was like a low level bomber hugging the contours of the dyke – probably only a few feet off the ground. He was definitely looking for a stealth attack (too close to the ground and too fast – all my shots of this ended up with nicely focused grass and a blur for a bird). The duck was wise to this one too… a quick submerge and it was safe again. The eagle returned to his pole.

 

Learning to Hunt by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

 

At this point the duck flew off and I continued my walk. Apparently hunting is a lot harder than the adult eagles make it look. It seems it just wasn’t that little Bufflehead’s day to be dinner. I hope you enjoyed the hunt vicariously with me 🙂

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8 03 2011
hangwithbigpictureframing

We’re big animal lovers and these photos are stunning – thanks for the play-by-play, too. ‘Glad the duck evaded capture, but feel bad for our hard-workin’ eagle.

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