With one powerful stroke of his wings, he was gone. No soaring, no gliding, just pure power. This eagle was focused intently on his prey. I had been waiting patiently for it to take flight while it perched on the side of the fishing lagoon. I was expecting it to do as the others and glide past, but this one took me by surprise when it lifted off and then burst forth with those powerful wings. We were eye level with each other when it blew past me. It's a moment caught in time that I will always remember. Such magnificent birds and well worth a visit to Homer, Alaska.