The Fisherman and the Bald Eagle

We are camped at Ucluelet Campground. Our next door neighbor who is a fisherman, caught a 50-pound halibut today and he offered the head to a bald eagle. The neighbor has been staying here for a month now, and the eagle knows when the catch has been good. The stately raptor hangs out in a tree along the shoreline and when the fish has been cleaned, the fisherman throws the head up into the air for the eagle to catch! This particular afternoon, because it is raining heavily, a raven almost thwarted the Eagles’ attempt at catching the fish head. His frustrated cries are like nothing I have ever heard before… short, staccato, high pitched bursts of sound that pierce the sky and then leave behind nothing but the soft plop of raindrops hitting the water. It is good to see a fisherman sharing his catch with an eagle. It feels like the right thing to do. Take a little and then give a little back in return. The eagle is a scavenger and knows a good deal when he sees one. I give him credit for being wary though. It took a long time for the eagle to gain enough confidence to snatch the offering. It will serve him well in the future if there is ever a time when a human does not have his best interest at heart!

5 thoughts on “The Fisherman and the Bald Eagle

  1. ofmapsandtrails August 13, 2017 / 6:45 am

    Enjoyed reading your piece. This is Bryan (part of the trio behind ofmapsandtrails). I’ve been hooked to vlogs on Youtube about living in a camper van/RV and it looks very exciting. Viewing the pics shared in your blog, I just wanna leave everything and get a camper and travel around exploring.

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    • sevenfauesisters August 29, 2017 / 2:04 pm

      Maybe some day you shall! It is a truly awesome lifestyle. Thanks for reading my blog.❤️👍✌️


    • sevenfauesisters October 30, 2017 / 2:21 am

      I shall be delighted to look at them first thing tomorrow. I will let you know ASAP. Thanks for asking! Joan


    • sevenfauesisters October 30, 2017 / 2:37 am

      I glanced at your book preview and am stunned. I will write to you tomorrow via gmail. My stories are only backed up by iPhone photographs. They in no way compare to yours! What a great story line. Can’t wait to correspond. I am a wildlife painter and the bald eagle and golden are some of my favorite birds!


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