Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Bald Eagle Feeding at Dead Deer

Posted by Kirk Mona
I hinted a week back that I had seen eagle tracks at our deer carcass. I was hoping to catch the eagle on the motion activated camera but so far had been unsuccessful. I partly wanted to confirm which kind of eagle it was. Golden Eagles from the Ontario area come down to Minnesota in the winter to feed on deer carcasses. No such luck, this is a Bald Eagle. Pretty cool though. All of these photos were taken last Friday at about 2:30 in the afternoon. I cropped them in close and it is pretty clear that the trail camera has some pretty bad chromatic aberration in the lens which leads to the red and blue halos around the eagle. I suppose with the white head that becomes patriotic. Oh, and the blood on the beak is red too.

As usual, click on any image for a larger view.







~Kirk

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3 comments:

zoologirl said...

I'm loving the trail camera pictures. I have one up, but it isn't working quite right. Seeing what I might be missing is giving me the motivation I need to figure out what's wrong with it.

Kirk Mona said...

One big challenge in the winter is that the cold chews through batteries like made. Aiming is also very important. Ours has a laser sight so you can see exactly where the trip beam will be. It takes a photo of me every time I take it down but I can tell you I can get very close to the camera before it takes it as you have to move though the exact spot the beam is before it takes a photo. I'm pretty sure the crow in the photo triggered the camera and not the eagle. I'm still experimenting myself. Let me know if you catch anything!

Larry said...

Interesting capture Kirk. It looks like the crow was just waiting its turn.