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Oh, Alaska!

Eagles mate for life. But even the most romantic lovers need a little space once in a while.

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Sometimes you need a little space

One of them decides to go fishing. A bald eagle can dive at speeds of up to 200 mph.

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Gone fishing

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.

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Juvenile eagle learning the ropes

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.

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Hungry and willing to fight

Ah, bald eagles are pirates known for stealing booty. They can spot that kill from two miles away. The kill attracts lots of attention.

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Fighting and feasting

After a while, a few juveniles hang around for scraps of spoils.

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Juveniles waiting for the leftovers

Meanwhile, something attracts the attention of a black bear.

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I think I heard something!

Hopefully, it’s not this spike bull moose, whose antler configuration makes him legal for hunting season. (Not that that matters to any bear)

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A male moose hoping not to be dinner

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.

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A big brown bear looking for dinner

Perhaps this young cow moose swam across the river because of the bear’s scent.

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A young female moose hoping not to be dinner either

The romantic lovers meet again. Nothing can harm the top of the food chain, except for humans.

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“So happy together…”

Oh, Alaska. You’re almost as beautiful as my romantic wife. Happy 22nd anniversary, Babe!

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Happy Anniversary!

Ron Mitchell

 

8 Comments Post a comment
  1. Carla #

    Love how wildlife is never wasteful. Humans could take a lesson!!!

    August 6, 2016
  2. ma and pa #

    Happy anniversary to a beautiful couple!

    August 6, 2016
  3. ma & pa #

    Beautifully put Ron…. Happy Anniversary to a beautiful couple!

    August 6, 2016
  4. Eric Jorgensen #

    Great Post! Happy Anniversary! Best Regards, Eric

    Sent from my iPhone

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    August 6, 2016
  5. Ah sweet! Sorry I missed you in AK, maybe next year (crossing my fingers). I like this photo-essay and how you relate it to human romance. 🙂

    August 24, 2016

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