[Video] Swimming Bald Eagle
Have you guys seen this yet? It’s pretty wild. I’m not really sure what exactly is bobbing in the water, to be honest, but my best guess is a dead or dying fish.
Huge pectoral muscles that allow for flight also support limited swimming ability for these awesome raptors. Their talons may lock when they grab prey, and if the prey is too heavy to lift after the talons have locked, the eagles risk being drug beneath the surface of the water. Young eagles have been known to drown after being a little too ambitious with their choice of sushi! I’m wondering if perhaps this is what’s happened here, but the eagle definitely looks like he chose to swim on the last turn. Watching him go over and over again is exhausting – imagine how much energy this bird is expending trying to go after one meal!
Posted on April 19, 2012, in Video Clips and tagged baton rouge, eagles, fish, hunting, lake, leucocephalus, naturalist, nature, pectoral muscle, predator, prey, raptors, roaming naturalist, swimming eagle, video. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on [Video] Swimming Bald Eagle.