200-500 Captures an Eagle

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Bill Ferris
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200-500 Captures an Eagle

A juvenile bald eagle takes perch in a snag along Lake Mary Rd, near Flagstaff. (Nikon D610 with 200-500: 500mm, f/5.6, 1/2000, ISO 500)

After a wet, summer monsoon, northern Arizona has been very dry throughout the fall and early winter. The limited rainfall has resulted in a down winter migration season for raptors. Eagle, hawk and falcon numbers seem way down compared to the last couple of years. But if you know where to look, these aerial predators can still be found.

Driving along Lake Mary Rd on Saturday, I noticed a large number of ravens orbiting near one of my favorite waterfowl observing pullouts. That usually means one thing: roadkill. Sure enough, a fresh squirrel carcass was in the road near the pullout. While eagles often fish and hunt coots in this area, they are opportunistic feeders and have no qualms about gnoshing on roadkill.

I parked at the pullout and staked out a spot with a good view of the snag in the above photo. After about 15 minutes, this juvenile baldy showed up, grabbed a perch and waited for an opportunity to steal a meal. Soon after, the Sun set and light levels quickly dimmed so, I left before the scavengers moved in. When I drove past this same spot on Sunday, all evidence of the squirrel was gone.

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Flagstaff, AZ

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