Thursday, March 8, 2012

Do Bald Eagles Swim?

This one does!  And, apparently he prefers the Butterfly stroke.

Check out this Baton Rouge bird as he tries to make a meal out of a dead nutria.



2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I saw a similar incident in Maine several years ago, where a mature Bald Eagle splash-bombed a small flock of Gadwalls that were dabbling in the marshy end of a small lake. The Eagle splashed right into the water and nailed one of the Gadwalls. I was surprised to see the Eagle swim to shore with the duck, using a stroke similar to the one in your video, though with wings wider open and much more engaged with the water. Like rowing. The whole episode surprised me since I didn't think the duck was too heavy for the Eagle to lift from the water. Well, it was a blistering hot day, and maybe the Eagle just enjoyed a dip in the cool water. In any case, it was quite a show.

Anonymous said...

I saw a similar incident in Maine several years ago, where a mature Bald Eagle splash-bombed a small flock of Gadwalls that were dabbling in the marshy end of a small lake. The Eagle splashed right into the water and nailed one of the Gadwalls. I was surprised to see the Eagle swim to shore with the duck, using a stroke similar to the one in your video, though with wings wider open and much more engaged with the water. Like rowing. The whole episode surprised me since I didn't think the duck was too heavy for the Eagle to lift from the water. Well, it was a blistering hot day, and maybe the Eagle just enjoyed a dip in the cool water. In any case, it was quite a show.