We were treated to an interesting situation on the beach on this particular evening. A bald eagle came out to hunt (we believe a young adult) and was intercepted and attacked by an osprey.
After a bit, the osprey left the area.
The eagle began its fishing expedition. It would circle and circle, looking for its prey in the water.
Then it would hover waiting for just the right moment to plunge into the water. All the while never taking its eyes off the prey.
Into the sound the eagle would go, with only the tips of it's wings remaining above the water, and emerge moments later.
When it came up empty handed, back to circling it went.
Over and over this played out until finally the eagle got tired and left. Empty handed for the evening.
Meanwhile, another type of drama was playing out on the beach. Seagulls are interesting birds. Scavengers. While the bald eagle was fishing, a seagull found itself a clam, flew up in the air and dropped it on the beach to crack it open. Immediately two other gulls swooped in trying to get a free meal. The result was much arguing with the result that one of the intruder gulls grabbed part of the clam. Never a dull moment!
©2012 Michelle Goodrum