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Shake and Fly

I saw the dive but I didn’t see the Osprey go into the pond to catch this fish as my view was blocked by a tree. Osprey can completely submerge and work really hard to break free of the water, harder if they caught something. Other times I have witnessed this the Osprey would then make a bee-line for a tree or other secure spot to eat.

Osprey with Fish
Osprey with Fish – Shaking off Water

Back in my line of sight he shook several times, lightening his load of the excess water while hanging firmly onto lunch. Then he circled around the pond several times with his catch, undecided about where to go.

Osprey with Fish
Osprey with Fish – Shaking off Water

What he probably knew that I didn’t until a couple minutes later was he was about to be chased by a pair of Bald Eagles hoping to lighten his load. Suddenly he decided to head for the trees and the last I saw of them the Osprey was in the lead.

Osprey with Fish
Osprey with Fish, One Clawed

Bald Eagles, Different Angle

After watching this Bald Eagle pair for awhile and getting plenty of images I moved my position to try for some different angles. This first one was from the path directly below the tree where I could see his feet and abundant tail feathers.

Bald Eagle From Underneath
Bald Eagle From Underneath

From the side of the pond behind them I had a different rear-end view. Both Eagles were intent on looking towards the river, not on giving me a profile shot.

Bald Eagle Pair From Underneath
Bald Eagle Pair From Underneath

Going back to my original spot I was able to see the upper Eagle though the branches. The better angle, looking up at this perch from the other side is completely blocked by trees.

Bald Eagle From Underneath
Bald Eagle From Underneath

Bald Eagle Coming In

Shortly after I took the image in my post “Bald Eagle Calling His Mate” I spotted another Eagle flying into the tree line.

Bald Eagle Landing In Tree
Bald Eagle Landing In Tree

By this time the first Eagle had also moved and I’m not sure which one was which. When you’re watching nature unfold through a lens sometimes you miss part, or all, of the action!

Bald Eagle Landing In Tree
Bald Eagle Landing In Tree

This flying Eagle landed in the lower position of the tree and they both settled in.

Bald Eagle Pair in Tree
Bald Eagle Pair in Tree

From this vantage point they can see up and down the Ashley River, the action on several small ponds on this property, and into a marsh on the other side of the river.

Bald Eagle Pair in Tree
Bald Eagle Pair in Tree

And look they do, both turning their heads regularly, but overall content to perch right there.