Bald Eagle: roadside over Highway 8

Leaving Calgary on my way home to Bragg Creek, I came across a bald eagle perched on a fence post.  I love to photograph birds of prey, so I pulled off the road and jumped out of the car, camera and long lens in hand.  Some eagles stay year round here but they are not common so I’m always excited to see one.  I was curious to figure out why it was so low to the ground and close to the highway.  Usually they are up in trees and closer to rivers than roads.  As I moved a bit closer to the bird, his choice of location became obvious – there was a deer, victim of an encounter with a vehicle, crumpled in the ditch.  The eagle was in the right spot to swoop down and feed while being able to keep an eye on his prize in between.  There were magpies and a couple of crows nearby but none on the deer, they seemed to be keeping their distance.

I waited for a while to see if the eagle would go back to the deer but I must have come along right after it finished one sitting because it showed no interest in going back at that time.  Eventually it took flight and circled over the road and up to a large tree a bit further up the hill.  I left it there but probably should have set up my field stool and waited for the inevitable return.  Really nice to see one of these impressive birds in our area.

8 responses

  1. Hi Chris,

    Your photographs are inspirational! Thanks for sharing.

    I just started my photoblog today, but I’m an amateur at best 🙂

    Hope to keep in touch.


    April 3, 2011 at 1:28 pm

  2. Val Erde

    Love these. The lower one reminds me of when a buzzard flew right in front of the car! Really startled us.

    April 3, 2011 at 3:58 am

  3. Margie

    We had two robins arrive at our place today… not nearly as exciting as an eagle would be. The robins were not very happy – we’ve had about 8 inches of snow today.

    April 2, 2011 at 9:37 pm

  4. Carolyn Gill

    Such amazing photo’s Chris!!! You truly have a Gift 🙂

    April 2, 2011 at 8:55 pm

  5. So beautiful and fierce looking. Nice catch!

    April 2, 2011 at 1:06 pm

  6. great pictures!

    April 2, 2011 at 12:10 pm

  7. Beautiful, absolutely beautiful. Such A powerful and majestic looking bird and caught here so well.
    Much Love
    Astra Wally

    April 2, 2011 at 10:55 am

  8. Stunning photos, Chris! What a great opportunity and you made the most of it!

    April 2, 2011 at 10:01 am

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