Coot for Dinner!

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Coot for Dinner.
 
So today after my last class for the day, Cecil Holmes and I went out to do some more scouting and shooting. We had stopped when Cecil spotted a Redhead Duck and were driving off. About 150 yards down the road we saw some coots panicking and then we saw the Bald Eagle 10 feet above us moving in for a meal. The coots scrambled and dove, the Bald Eagle hovered above. We had stopped the car and set up in record time. The Eagle seemed to hover for several minutes, sometimes approaching the water then rising back up. We thought maybe he had abandoned the chase of the Coots and decided he would fish. He was so focused though on something below the water’s surface. Finally, he dropped to the water and eventually rose out of the water holding a Coot. I am guessing the Coot, in it’s attempt to escape became tangled underwater in the grass and weeds. The Eagle flew into the air and passed in front of us with it’s catch. All I can say is nature is so incredible to observe. One of my best nature days…ever.
 
A note to all of my friends and family in the line of the winter storms…take care, stay inside and stay warm.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-7200, Manual Mode, f8, ISO 3200, resulting in a shutter speed of 1/1000th of a second, Sirui P424S monopod and L10 head, Peak Design strap, Lowepro photo backpack, processed in Lightroom CC.
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2 Responses to “Coot for Dinner!”

  1. Loved your classes at the Space Coast Birding and Photography conference. I will now be a Blog follower! Great shot of the Eagle, I am incredibly jealous. Janis (budding photographer)

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