Last fall I posted some photos of a giant swarm of birds migrating south. The small and medium-sized birds, along with most of the ducks and geese have all gone south. Occasionally a flock of geese will pass through here but for the most part the birds are gone, except for the eagles.
Here is a picture of an adolescent bald eagle going in for a fish. He missed. The adults fish with such ruthless efficiency that I kind of feel for the fish, but the young eagles seem to miss more than they catch and so I kind of cheer for junior to actually catch a fish.
As with most youth, what they lack in skill they make up for with youthful exuberance.
I watched a dozen different bald eagles working this section of the Wisconsin River yesterday morning. The adults would sit in a tree, occasionally swooping out to grab a fish and then right back to their perch.
The young eagles, like the one above, constantly flew around and their attempts at fishing met with less success than the adults.
Here an adolescent and an adult bald eagle sit watching as other eagles fly up and down the river trying to catch fish. It’s as if I can hear the adult telling the young eagle to be patient.