21st Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Bald Eagle Snags Duckling

A Bald Eagle has just snagged a Mallard duckling and is continuing to fly out of the water while the little bird has popped up above the tail feathers. The eagle had just jumped out of a tree and it dove down to the river at a mother Mallard and her many ducklings. The mother frantically tried to distract the eagle by flapping and splashing alongside the eagle as it flew away. The mom has been cropped out of the picture.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 06.2021
Date Uploaded: 11.2023
Photo Location: Terrebonne, Oregon, United States of America
Camera: Canon EOS R5
Copyright: © charlie baughman