Bald Eagles

I had the pleasure of photographing a few bald eagles a few days ago. As we were entering Lake Mattamuskeet, we noticed a large black dot in the edge of the water. To our surprise it was a bald eagle feeding on a large carp he had caught in the canal. This time of year, when the water levels are low, in the impoundments you can see carp feeding in the shallow edges. This eagle had just caught the carp just before we arrived.

After feeding for a while he then started to run towards the edge of the water where we he began to drink. This was the first time witnessing an eagle drinking. It was actually quite interesting to watch. He would bite at the water sinking his beak under the surface then raise his head so that gravity would allow it to flow down its throat. After getting his fill of fish and water he flew off just before a nasty rain storm arrived.

 Bald Eagle drinking.

Bald Eagle drinking.

Once the rain stopped we proceeded to drive to a different part of the refuge where we found a second eagle resting in a cluster of trees at the edge of the lake. 

 Immature Bald Eagle resting atop a dead pine tree.

Immature Bald Eagle resting atop a dead pine tree.

Later in the day we drove through Engelhard, NC. That's where we found another eagle, this one was being harassed by a red winged black bird. The eagle just sat there at let the red wing do his thing, eventually he gave up.