This is a rare sequence! It’s the only shots I have of a Eagle swimming!
This happens from time to time,but as I say……rarely!
When a eagle grabs a fish,it can misjudge it’s speed/height & go into the water! This can mean death to a eagle if it is too far from shore. Hypothermia sets in & it drowns! Fortunately this eagle was close to shore! I raced in to get this shot quickly when I realized what was going on. So quickly I hit a small rock with my prop! I arrived just as it was getting to shore. A eagle cannot dislodge the fish from it’s talons! With the fish’s weight & the added weight of the water, it cannot take off out of the water! So it is forced to swim! I’ve only seen this happen three times!
I noticed that the end of it’s tail feathers show alittle darkness. A sure sign that this eagle has just graduated from being a adolescent!(4.5 – 5 yrs)
It might also explain the rookie move?
I am not familiar with this eagle.