Eagle gets a filet o’ fish

The CBC shows a cool video and a backstory:

A family out fishing last week caught more than salmon.

Ashton Phillips was on a fishing trip last Friday with his cousin and uncle in Kyuquot, B.C. on the northwest side of Vancouver Island when he captured a video of an eagle swooping down to grab a piece of salmon.

His group had pulled into a bay around noon to strip up a fresh piece of salmon for halibut fishing.

“As we were sitting there cutting pieces of salmon … I noticed there were a few eagles flying around,” said Phillips, who lives in Vancouver.

“I thought that was pretty cool because I hadn’t really been exposed to that too much.”

Phillips had his camera out to capture some of the scenery when out of nowhere, he saw a bird cut from the shore and head towards the boat — just in time for lunch.

See more at the CBC site at the link above.

h/t: Taskin


  1. ploubere
    Posted June 27, 2017 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

    Very cool, but it kind of looks like they left it there to be grabbed.

    • Dave B
      Posted June 27, 2017 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

      maybe, but we’ve got a lot of Baldies here on Vancouver Island. When docking at Hornby Island (a wee Gulf Island off the coast of VI) it’s like walking into a feather bar full of dudes with white hats. In areas that are popular for fishing Eagles patrol watching for free food opportunities.

      Loads of other raptors here as well, so seeing a feeding incident is not uncommon.

    • Graham Head
      Posted June 27, 2017 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

      Indeed. And who uses salmon as bait?

      • ploubere
        Posted June 27, 2017 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

        My thought too, that looked like a nice chunk of salmon.

      • Posted June 27, 2017 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

        They clearly used the salmon as bait for the eagle. Why else put it on top of the electric winch?

        • Posted June 27, 2017 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

          excuse me, downrigger not winch

      • Michael Fisher
        Posted June 27, 2017 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

        I’m no fisher, but…

        Someone in YouTube comments thinks it’s salmon eggs the eagle snatched. Cured roe are sometimes put in a net bag [or stocking] to serve as bait – maybe the tied-off neck of a net is what I’m seeing to the right end of the pink mass. A fishing forum says Salmon heads & the fatty belly also make good bait for halibut. They also say halibut are dim by fish standards so plenty of bait choices e.g. bacon

    • Nom de Plume
      Posted June 27, 2017 at 8:43 pm | Permalink

      I’m inclined to agree with you. The very first thing I noticed as someone who shoots video is that it is set to a very high frame rate (for slow motion), which is obviously something that needs to be prepared in advance. It’s possible that he was already shooting eagles in flight, so that might explain it.

  2. busterggi
    Posted June 27, 2017 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

    And that is why dinosaurs didn’t become extinct.

  3. tubby
    Posted June 27, 2017 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

    At a reservoir north of me bald eagles and black vultures keep an eye out for fishermen gutting their catches waiting to snag their share of the noms.

  4. rickflick
    Posted June 27, 2017 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

    It’s wonderful to see the bird glide in and out so smoothly. Truly a beautiful creature. We now have lots of them here in New York.

    • Jonathan Dore
      Posted June 28, 2017 at 2:43 am | Permalink

      Wow! You mean in the city? Where do they roost? And what do they feed on?

      • rickflick
        Posted June 28, 2017 at 4:43 am | Permalink

        Not so much in the city, but along the Hudson River which extends north to Albany. A few nests were known about 20 years ago and siting an eagle was considered a sacred privilege. Today a half hour tour along the river will net you at least one siting and maybe many more. It’s been a major success story.

  5. Posted June 27, 2017 at 11:23 pm | Permalink

    Reblogged this on The Logical Place.

  6. Posted June 28, 2017 at 3:49 am | Permalink

    That is what the word majestic was invented for!

  7. Posted June 28, 2017 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    The peoples (indigenous and others) of the northwest know that the salmon was important to all: this shows why.

  8. Mike
    Posted June 29, 2017 at 8:41 am | Permalink

    Fantastic Raptors, I have been following some Eaglets on a nest in Decorah Ohio, they are beautiful and extremely brutal at the same time, especially when killing their sibling who was much smaller. The very epitome of nature being red in Beak and Talon in this case. The remaining Eaglets have fledged successfully,there is one Pair still feeding a youngster, in Glacier Gardens Juneau Alaska, interesting to watch.

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