Seeing a bald eagle swim is not a common sight on our wildlife tours maybe once or twice a summer. But this morning we saw three take a salmon to shore. An eagle will catch a fish in their talon that is too heavy for them to carry and they will swim to shore with it so they can eat it. They use a butterfly like swim stroke. In the first photo it is almost to the shore and the second show the eagle lifting the fish further up the shore. In this case its mate came down and took the salmon, as it was to exhausted to fight. The happy ending was that it did get to share the fish once it recovered.
Knight Inlet is north of Campbell River on mainland BC off the east shore of Vancouver Island. Our lodge on Minstrel Island is approximately 20 kilometers from the mouth of Knight Inlet. A further 25 kilometers up the inlet and you are at the viewing area. The fall viewing stands provide great photo opportunities of grizzly bears feeding on the salmon. Some of the bears seem to be posing for the camera but their main interest in eating as “den time” is not that far away. The white shape in the water behind the bear is a dead salmon. This grizzly sat in the pool below the viewing stands and picked salmon of the bottom and wasted few calories doing so, which means more fat.
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