Easy Meals For Young Eagles

Buckhorn Mesa landfill, June 2013 (photo by Alan Levine, Creative Commons license via Flickr)

26 October 2022

Bald eagles are birds of prey that eat fish, right? Well, mostly fish. Bald eagles are opportunistic feeders that will grab what they can get. Most of the time they catch live fish but they’ll also pounce on ducks and coots, steal fish from ospreys, scavenge on roadkill and fight each other for tasty morsels.

Juvenile bald eagles are not skilled at fishing so many opt for easy meals found elsewhere, particularly at landfills. It may be junk food but it keeps them satisfied.

Juvenile bald eagle (photo from Wikimedia Commons)

On Throw Back Thursday read about bald eagles and landfills in this vintage article:

(photos from Flickr via Creative Commons license and from Wikimedia Commons; click on the captions to see the originals)

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