After giving seminars, and working the booth each day, I'd slowly bird back toward the hotel at the end of the Homer Spit. Along with other great birds like Marbled Murrelets, Glaucous Gulls, Common Murres, and even Fork-tailed Storm Petrels (among others) this was also a great spot to observe the Eagles as currents would often wash food up on the rocky beach behind the hotel.
An adult Bald Eagle gazes fiercely at other nearby eagles as it gobbles scraps left by the tide.
When another eagle came close, the eagle above would puff up, waddle, throw its wings up, chitter at the intruder, and sometimes grappel. The bird above was trying to look as big and as mean as possible..... Sure, I was scared, but I took the image anyway! ;p
On one evening, I watched with a couple other birders as a Black-legged Kittiwake fed an adult Bald Eagle... well sort of. The adult below plucked this adult kittiwake out of the air and proceeded to eat it. At first it was unclear as to how the Eagle was able to catch the deft Black-legged Kittiwake out of the air so easily, but as the eagle lifted to a nearby perch it became obvious. The Kittiwake trailed a long piece of monofilament with a heavy lead weight attached 5 feet below.
We watched as the eagle proceeded to eat its prize hoping it wouldn't get hooked as well, but it seemed to avoid this somehow. (check out the birds neat white talon on the right foot)
adult Bald Eagle eats a Black-legged Kittiwake, Homer, AK
Homer, Alaska never ceases to amaze me and if you have never been I highly recommend a visit. The eagles are just one of the many highlights which include views of Harbor Porpoise, Sea Otters, and numerous sea birds from land, but more on that later.