Watching the Eagles

I have been watching the Eagles more this year, determined to get some better photos and I am learning more about their behavior. Here is what I have learned:

1. They seem to be able to communicate to other eagles where I am hiding trying to get photos.
2. They know when I leave and come right back to where I was.
3. They watch other eagles and when one catches a fish the others all mob him.
4. The older birds purposely drop fish in front of younger birds to give them a chance to practice catching fish on their own
5. They will pick up and throw a small fish for the young ones to practice finding hard targets
6. They will try to pass a fish to another bird while in flight
7. They love flying and practice flying maneuvers often.
8. They like to play fighting for fish while in flight
9. If they can’t pick a big fish up they will drag it across the water and drop it on the bank
10. They are less afraid of people with dogs
11. they like to swoop over small dogs to check them out
12. They will hang around geese and ducks without bothering them because fish is their first choice for food
13. They watch Seagulls and are quick to go after any fish a Seagull can’t pick up or misses, so Seagulls only get one chance.
14. They don’t like cameras with big lens
15. They don’t like chamo clothing
16. There is a such thing as getting too close to get photos
17. Like with fishing, there are prime times for feeding and slow times
18. One needs to be patient and wait it out which could take hours
19. Freehand is not going to get great photos
20. Other people walking around where Eagles are could chase them toward you

About Dave Tackett

Dave Tackett is from Sterling Illinois. An avid fisherman since childhood, he has fished all over the Midwest, mainly the Mississippi River pools 8-19. His home waters are pools 13 & 14. After fishing Bass tournaments for many years, he gave it up to fish for Walleye year round. He now guides and fishes for fun. He likes to take photos of the scenic places he visits on the river and likes to keep a video camera running to get footage for his Walleye DVDs. Photography is now where he most of his time working, using professional DSLR cameras and lens. These photos include landscape around the Mississippi River and the Rock River, river birds like eagles heron, egrets etc.
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