Eagle fishing in the Banff National Park

Eagle fishing in Banff - © Christopher Martin-5085

I watched this eagle glide across the Vermilion Lake from its nest on the far side.  Ahead of his arrival on the shore in front of me, waterfowl and a couple of Great blue heron scattered in all directions.  The eagle flew higher and circled a couple of times, staring into the water.  He dove, his claws slicing the water, but finding no joy.  The raptor pulled up into a branch of a dead tree to reconsider its approach.

Eagle fishing in Banff - © Christopher Martin-5077

Eagle fishing in Banff - © Christopher Martin-5078

Twenty minutes passed before his second flight.  He flew in a wide arc, gaining a little more altitude.  The birds that had been on the water, had not returned so the eagle had a clean line this time.

Eagle fishing in Banff - © Christopher Martin-5086

He dove, again, and this time his talons came off the surface with a fish in their grasp.

Eagle fishing in Banff - © Christopher Martin-5089

The fish was quickly moved from talons to beak and then swallowed mid-flight.

Eagle fishing in Banff - © Christopher Martin-5093

The eagle flew back up to the same tree and settled on a branch near where it had been pestered by the blackbird earlier.  From there, I hoped he would fish again and I waited for more than an hour.  Along the way, he called out a few times which gave some interesting head and beak positions to photograph.

Eagle fishing in Banff - © Christopher Martin-5253

Eagle fishing in Banff - © Christopher Martin-5420

10 responses

  1. These photos are outstanding. You’ve really captured the beautiful movement, emotion, and grandeur of this eagle.

    December 3, 2016 at 7:30 pm

  2. great shots!

    July 9, 2016 at 3:34 pm

  3. I love how you have a story along with your work. Your images are so well constructed and beautiful… In the moment. But having the additional narrative just adds something more… It’s inspiring! 😊

    July 5, 2016 at 2:41 pm

  4. naturechik16

    Excellent shot of the eagle!

    July 4, 2016 at 9:19 am

  5. Magnificent!

    July 4, 2016 at 7:23 am

  6. The Stoked Traveler and Surfer's Blog

    Awesome photos..!! Love to read your blog.😊

    July 3, 2016 at 11:37 pm

  7. Completely awesome, Christopher.

    July 3, 2016 at 7:53 pm

  8. Pingback: Eagle fishing in the Banff National Park — Christopher Martin Photography – w123brcgo

  9. Great series of photographs

    July 3, 2016 at 3:05 pm

  10. That’s the king of the air lifts!
    Liebe Gruesse Monika

    July 3, 2016 at 1:57 pm

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