Are you sure its an eagle and not a hawk or vulture? I am not a bird expert, just never heard of an eagle feeding on dead animals....its usually a hawk or vulture that eats dead animals and eagle's usually eat live small animals like rats, snakes, ect..
Did you sneak up on it??? How did it not hear your ATV? I am impressed
Marine, It is an Immature Bald Eagle, they don't get the white head and tail until around 4 or 5 years old, there is a large nest a couple of miles from this site that has been used for many years, most of the time on our trips on the river ice you may see one in the nest, its large. If we make a trip on the river this year, depending on the ice I will try to get a picture of the nest and post it. Bald Eagles will feed on carrion, matter of fact that is where a lot of them get killed feeding on road kill.
Where I was in Alaska the law allows you to throw your animal carcases 25 feet off the side of the road. The eagles eat on that stuff all the time. They're just like white headed buzzards.
Instead of calling them birds of prey, they should call them birds of oppertunity.
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