Nature photographer captures bald eagle with unexpected prey in its talons

Doug Gemmell, a nature photographer, was able to capture a rare moment on camera during a recent outing.

While observing a juvenile bald eagle without its characteristic white feathers, Doug watched as the bird flew down towards a parking lot with its sharp talons poised for attack, showcasing its impressive hunting skills.

Photo: Doug Gemmell

Typically, bald eagles consume fish as their primary food source, which they skillfully catch from bodies of water.

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However, during Doug’s observation, the eagle he was watching descended towards a parking lot instead.

Photo: Doug Gemmell

After reviewing the photos, Doug discovered the delightful truth about what the eagle had caught. It was a half-eaten slice of pepperoni pizza.

Doug expressed his amazement upon seeing the pizza held tightly in the eagle’s talons and added that it’s not something one sees every day.

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Photo: Doug Gemmell

He remains uncertain as to whether the bald eagle consumed the pizza or had second thoughts about eating her parking lot discovery. Nevertheless, capturing the moment with his camera was a memory that Doug cherishes.

Photo: Doug Gemmell
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“Things happen so fast [while photographing] that you don’t always know exactly what you just snapped of [a photo],” Doug said. “Then, when you get the chance to look at the photos, sometimes you are pleasantly surprised.”

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