High Drama At The Marsh
This afternoon I was over at the marsh watching some spoonbills feeding off in the distance and hoping they might eventually fly my way.
Suddenly, out of the corner of my eye, I spot this bald eagle come screaming in at full speed and I knew he must be on a mission! He flew right over my head, so close I could not fit all of him in the camera lens. I immediately saw the object of his attention, he was chasing an osprey that was carrying a partially consumed fish. It’s likely the osprey was relaxing in a tree eating his catch when he got rudely chased out by the eagle.
I could tell from the look on the eagle’s face that he meant serious business and he proceeded to chase the osprey all over the marsh area, from water to tree top level.
The osprey was trying his hardest to use evasive flying maneuvers to lose the eagle but he just couldn’t shake the big guy.
Finally the osprey flew out over the salt marsh where he finally dropped the fish in the water. From a distance I saw the eagle swoop down and try for a grab but he missed it and the fish was now forever lost to both raptors.
Earlier in the day I did notice the bald eagle sitting in a far off tree and now I know what he was waiting for… once again the eagle is fine with letting another bird do all the work while he patiently lurks in the background.