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Warning – Not for the squeamish!

On the way home, we spied a Bald Eagle eating a hatchery raised Steelhead on the bank of the Methow River. We wondered how the bird got it. Was it stolen from a fisherman who’d left a prize catch sitting in the snow? Was it a fish that had died after being caught and escaping from a line? The Bald Eagles around here are primarily scavengers, not killing their own food. However it was procured, this bird had a very good meal before flying off with the head.

Bald Eagle eating a hatchery Steelhead along the Methow River

Bald Eagle eating a hatchery Steelhead along the Methow River

Bald Eagle eating a hatchery Steelhead along the Methow River

Bald Eagle eating a hatchery Steelhead along the Methow River

Bald Eagle eating a hatchery Steelhead along the Methow River

2 Comments

  1. winter vulture

  2. Yup. The Turkey Vultures leave and the Bald Eagles arrive. Someone’s got to clean up the carnage. Saw a vulture over Brewster yesterday.


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