Eagles mate for life. But even the most romantic lovers need a little space once in a while.
One of them decides to go fishing. A bald eagle can dive at speeds of up to 200 mph.
A juvenile bald eagle does not go bald (head and tail turn white) for about five years. They pay attention and learn how to fish.
An eagle’s scream means “Stay away from my kill!” The eagle will emphatically rip into the catch, its body language telling others to stay away or fight. Eventually though, they get full and give way.
Ah, bald eagles are pirates known for stealing booty. They can spot that kill from two miles away. The kill attracts lots of attention.
After a while, a few juveniles hang around for scraps of spoils.
Meanwhile, something attracts the attention of a black bear.
Hopefully, it’s not this spike bull moose, whose antler configuration makes him legal for hunting season. (Not that that matters to any bear)
Everybody gives way to the grizzly bear. This guy strolls through the horsetail grass in the wetlands of our backyard. He eats anything he wants along the way. Coastal brown bears grow larger than their grizzly cousins in the interior, due to plenty of seafood proteins.
Perhaps this young cow moose swam across the river because of the bear’s scent.
The romantic lovers meet again. Nothing can harm the top of the food chain, except for humans.
Oh, Alaska. You’re almost as beautiful as my romantic wife. Happy 22nd anniversary, Babe!