Aerial Contest

State/Province/Region
Alaska
Nearest Area
Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve
Town
Haines
Brief Directions

Haines Highway between 18 and 24 mile

Notes

f/8, 1/500th sec, ISO 800, 340mm

Description

Traveled to Haines, AK specifically to photograph the bald eagle congregation. The eagles congregate to eat the dead and dying salmon after the late spawning run up the Chilkat river. You walk along the river until you see interesting bald eagle behavior. Even though there are dead fish everywhere, they prefer to steal another eagle's fish. Most of the time they steal from each another on the ground. This was an unusual aerial contest where the eagle was forced to drop the fish while flying. The falling fish is just out of the frame of this picture. Ironically, a third eagle stole the fish after it hit the ground.

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April 14, 2020