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Bald Eagle: Adolescent Fishing

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.

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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.

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As with most youth, what they lack in skill they make up for with youthful exuberance.

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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.

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The young eagles, like the one above, constantly flew around and their attempts at fishing met with less success than the adults.

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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.

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