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Bald Eagles: Gizzard Shad

During winter, a small fish – gizzard shad – an eagle favorite, is affected by the cold weather.  They swim erratically and close to the surface, making them an easy target for eagles.  If one eagle has a shad, other eagles have been seen trying to take the fish away.  Yesterday, I showed pictures of a young eagle snacking.  That bird had placed itself between two other adult eagles and one of them didn’t take well to more competition for the prized shad.

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It flew off its perch from about two hundred yards away and zeroed in on the young eagle.  You’ll have to take my word for it because I only have one camera and I could only track one of the birds, but at this point the other eagle had taken off.

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Whenever I see an animal rollover and expose their belly, I see it as an act of submission.  Maybe this is a celebration, but the younger eagle rolled over, they locked talons, and then it flew away.

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While the eagle that drove it off then landed in a tree…

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and continued to watch…

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the river and me.

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Until it flew back to its original perch – though it didn’t stay there for long.

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1 Response to “Bald Eagles: Gizzard Shad”


  1. 1 Mike in Cal
    February 24, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    nice photos


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