I witnessed an amazing drama while out kayaking this weekend.
We have had quite a few Bald eagle sightings lately and I went out with my little Canon A640 in hopes of capturing one atop a Spruce. I camped out in my favorite little cove and while I was waiting, I saw some commotion on the water. After slipping my kayak a little closer, I noticed what I thought to be a Bald eagle in distress in the middle of the Cove. He was remarkably using one of his wings as an oar ! This was quite a sight to see. One enormous, powerful wing paddling and struggling to get to shore.
When he got to shore it immediately became clear why he was struggling so hard. He had nabbed a Cormorant!
He took flight with the cormorant and landed on a small rock on the opposite side of the Cove. I was able to kayak over closer to the scene and captured some incredible photos with my little camera.
A young eagle flew in and tried to take the cormorant. After a brief but noisy scuffle, the adult eagle sat on a nearby rock and let the young eagle feed. That is where I got most of my photos.
I left to paddle on for a bit but swung back around long enough to find that the adult had taken over and got some of these last shots.