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[Video] Swimming Bald Eagle

Have you guys seen this yet? It’s pretty wild. I’m not really sure what exactly is bobbing in the water, to be honest, but my best guess is a dead or dying fish.

Huge pectoral muscles that allow for flight also support limited swimming ability for these awesome raptors. Their talons may lock when they grab prey, and if the prey is too heavy to lift after the talons have locked, the eagles risk being drug beneath the surface of the water. Young eagles have been known to drown after being a little too ambitious with their choice of sushi! I’m wondering if perhaps this is what’s happened here, but the eagle definitely looks like he chose to swim on the last turn. Watching him go over and over again is exhausting – imagine how much energy this bird is expending trying to go after one meal!

Weekly Photo Wunderbar!

I’m a little ashamed to admit that I completely forgot about my Saturday photo, but to be fair, The Roaming Naturalist was actually socializing last night. And that doesn’t happen very often. :)

This little friend was hanging out in my garden, hunting for delicious insects. Mantids are excellent bug-hunters and don’t eat your plants, so you want them in your garden! They have beautiful startle displays like this one, and the females (at least as recorded in captivity) will routinely rip off their male partners heads and eat them after copulation. Hardcore insect love, man.

Coyotes and Live Trapping, An Addendum

As if it wasn’t long enough, I wanted to make a side-note on the most recent post about coyotes. Many people suggest live trapping and relocation as a viable option for “controlling” coyotes, but it turns out that live trapping is bad news for our canid friend.

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Coyotes and Their No Good Very Bad Reputations

Since writing theĀ rattlesnake post, my love for the unloved has been sharply rekindled. My fascination with animals carrying bad reputations has been with me ever since my first stint as a naturalist at a state park on the East Coast.

Today I want to talk about coyotes.

Coyote photo credit: Christopher Bruno.

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