Today's weather forecast was calling for sun, blue skies and highs in the 60's. And for Maine in March it is the perfect combination to be outside. I was just thinking how disappointed I was in myself for not having any photo missions planned, when I received a phone call from a friend who was out ice fishing.
He called to tell me there was an immature eagle hanging out waiting for a free meal. I quickly got ready and headed off to the lake. As I was walking out I could see it sitting on the ice waiting for a freshly caught pickerel that my friend Rod was waiting to toss out on the ice. Just as I arrived the eagle flew off and perched in a tree. Rod tossed the fish out on the ice and within a few minutes the eagle took flight and swooped down and grabbed the fish. It took it back to a big pine tree, where I watched the fish dangling from the eagles talons still fighting to get free. From there the eagle flew off and landed on the ice with the fish still in its grasp. But it wasn't long before the eagle made a quick meal out of it and was gone.
I waited for three more hours hoping to get another opportunity to photograph this majestic bird in action, but despite my efforts the mission was over. But it didn't matter because I was out on a great day, doing what I love to do, and had witnessed a great moment!