Friday, July 30, 2021

Bald Eagle

One of three Bald Eagles feasting on a dead, young seal—seal tartare—on 23 July 2020 at the Nisqually national wildlife refuge. I doubt the eagles killed the seal, since eagles are opportunistic feeders, often consuming carrion. Eagles take three or four years to attain adult plumage. This bird does not have long to go to get to adulthood, judging by the tinge of black at the end of the tail and on its white head.
Although Bald Eagles often forage for fish or waterfowl, they eat whatever they can find—dead or alive. In his list of prey species, Buchler (2020) lists muskrats, rabbits, and Great Blue Herons and a wide variety of other mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and crustaceans. This source also mentions eagles’ eating garbage in Alaskan dumps.

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