Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Day of the Raptor

This is an image from a post I made several years ago when living in Washington state. It was an incredible encounter I had one day with wildlife in action while walking the beach in Port Townsend.  I couldn't believe my luck when a bald eagle suddenly swooped down out the blue and attacked a river otter very close to where I was standing. I had only a pocket point and shoot which I fumbled out of my shirt, but got a few shots off as the eagle pounced from the top of the rock toward the otter, which had a fish in its jaws, at the bottom of the rock. The otter darted into the sea and out of sight just in time.  It all happened so quickly I felt lucky to get even this, but it was an exciting few minutes, to be sure.
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13 comments:

heyBJK said...

That is a fantastic shot, Raf! Beautiful! I love raptors and you got a great photo of that eagle.

eileeninmd said...

Great capture!

Kate said...

What a lucky moment for you and a wonderful story to share. Glad the otter with its fish got safely away.

Was startled when I first saw the bird on an Omaha blog, but glad you saved this photo for our pleasure.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

That was a smooth image for that kind of camera, good one!!!

Liz said...

Great shot! What a majestic bird.

holdingmoments said...

Great capture of a magical moment.

joo said...

Fabulous photo!

Gillian Olson said...

This is a beautiful shot.

Springman said...

What an exciting encounter. The fact that you caught this great shot with a point and shoot is amazing. Thanks for sharing!

nonizamboni said...

A nice reprise of an incredible capture!So much action and I'd say you were pretty coordinated to catch this.
Happy new year, by the way.
p.s. I'm glad the otter got away...

Julie said...

I suspect this is one of those moments that will live in the memory forever, Raf.

Madge @ The View From Right Here said...

Wow, what a great shot! Please come enter it in my 'Weekly Top Shot' meme? We're on Week #13 and I'd love to see you share with me and my readers! Here's this weeks' link: http://www.theviewfromrighthere.com/blog/?p=5870

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Very exciting Raf, and such a good shot for all the not being prepared, don't you love when that happens!