r/NatureIsFuckingLit 14d ago Silver 4 Helpful 3 All-Seeing Upvote 1 Take My Energy 1 Narwhal Salute 1 'MURICA 1

🔥This bald eagle catches a fish out of midair.

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u/420natureboy 14d ago

I just did this on the coast of Vancouver Island and it’s a shame it doesn’t have sound, it’s a lot louder than you think when they grab it

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u/poopellar 14d ago Wholesome All-Seeing Upvote

grabs fish

"THANK YOU!"

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u/Ninja_In_Shaddows 14d ago

It was eagley waiting for that fish.

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u/KelbyMoon 14d ago

Do ya really wanna, do you really wanna taste it

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u/AreU4SCUBA 14d ago

DO YA REALLY WANNA , DO YOU REALLY WANNA TASTE IT

Ftfy

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u/doobiesaurus 14d ago

Songs a fuckin banger

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u/QR63 14d ago

The dance too!

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u/KelbyMoon 13d ago

Good call!

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u/Bath_Squatch 14d ago

Thank you

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u/GamiCross 14d ago

Meaning it was yelled in Dee Bradly Baker's voice

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u/Runixo 14d ago

I fairly sure dude voices all animals, irl as well

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u/jagermo 14d ago

🧜‍♂️

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u/dpb83 14d ago

So long and thanks for all the fish

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u/PinkTalkingDead 14d ago

dwayne the rock Johnson voice

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u/forthebirds_ 14d ago

I am going to laugh about this comment for days. Thank you

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u/chalupamon 14d ago

So long and thank you for all the fish

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u/getyourcheftogether 14d ago

I can think pretty loud

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u/redpizzas 14d ago

show me

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u/bethedge 14d ago

In 1996 I was just getting started in the halibut farming business. Back then the tanks were concrete and had to be poured locally, so I decided in my hubris to do the job myself. I had been an attorney back in Buffalo, and my hands weren’t ready for the hiding I gave them pouring 6500 pounds of cement into ditches I had dug with a rented excavator. It was pouring rain all week after I laid my cement into the molds, which I removed too early. By the following afternoon my halibut trenches were 12 meter long, murky expanses of wet, sloppy cement. The fish delivery was coming whether I liked it or not, and I had 10,000 fish poured to their deaths in the inky darkness of poisonous wet cement.

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u/suspiciousdave 13d ago

Fish delivery guy is like "Not my problem", pours them into the sludge pit anyway. That's awful.

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u/2mice 14d ago

I wanna see too!

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u/ColorsLikeSPACESHIPS 14d ago

Once a year I should be able to add fifty thousand upvotes to a single comment.

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u/nincomturd 14d ago

Just you, and only you, would have this ability?

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u/ColorsLikeSPACESHIPS 14d ago

Of course. Wouldn't want to risk empowering some idiot with a huge ego.

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u/getyourcheftogether 13d ago

With great power comes great responsibility

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u/suspiciousdave 13d ago

God forbid the updoot loses its worth.

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u/i_have_chosen_a_name 14d ago

Ever since the board of directors on Reddit accidently happen to be all deaf people support for sounds on Reddit is dropping fast. I heard one of them say they could save 9% in server costs by dropping sound all together but luckily the others did not hear that.

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u/TheDude-Esquire 14d ago

The wings of a bird that big are super loud. I've never fed an eagle, but I'm in a rural area and hawks, eagles and vultures fly over head daily. Their preference is intense at times.

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u/frightfulpotato 14d ago

Isn't it illegal to feed wildlife in Canada?

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u/Frog939 14d ago

I fed beaver a mcnugget and wasn't arrested so no

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u/DiegoGames9872 14d ago

Yoink

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u/Ceceliamartinez5 14d ago

That's incredible. Enough is enough.

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u/MinRers 14d ago

The Eagle never loses eye contact till the mission is complete. Such precision, elegance and beauty.

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u/Sampolis 14d ago

And Americans called them Bald. Why???

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u/[deleted] 14d ago

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u/pangasiusherd 14d ago

nothing .-.

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u/Really_Elvis 14d ago

Back in the day, bald was a word for white headed. At least that’s what my history teacher told us in the 60’s.

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u/sadguy92 14d ago

Yoink is reserved for theft. The bird was passed the fish, no yoinking involved

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u/oldDotredditisbetter 14d ago

100% this. can't believe this comment was so high up. redditors need to learn proper use of a word!

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u/ttt247 14d ago

Oh say can you see.....

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u/Lifeintherockies 14d ago

By the dawns early flight

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u/chickiedew 14d ago

What so proudly we quailed

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u/BeautifulType 14d ago

In twilight we KAWWWWWWWWW KREEEE KaaaAWWWWWW

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u/JacobJamesTrowbridge 14d ago

Whose broad shrikes and bright kHAWs

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u/true_gunman 14d ago

You know I was having lunch next to a lake a few years back and I watched an osprey dive down and scoop a fish out of the water becuase they are excellent hunters. Well then I watched as a huge bald eagle started chasing the osprey and attacking it until it dropped the fish. The eagle then swooped down and grabbed the fish and fucking booked it.

After that I realized the bald eagle really is a great bird to represent the United States

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u/CullenaryArtist 14d ago

Omg he is setting me free!

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u/JackBauerSaidSo 14d ago

Woooh! Catch and rel

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u/SaturnBrennan 14d ago

Lmao 🤣

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u/striceheron 14d ago

Funny tidbit, bald eagles are terrible fisherman. They have a success rate of like 25% whereas osprey are closer to 80%. Baldies are glorified vultures. Source? Worked at an eagle rehab center. And google.

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u/eristicforfun 14d ago

Osprey are hilarious when hitting the water. They go from a graceful bird to a uncontrolled pallet of bricks dropped from orbit.

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u/DIOmega5 14d ago

Much like the military aircraft that takes the name of Osprey.

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u/Deviate_Lulz 14d ago

As a former Osprey mechanic, can confirm.

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u/Rycan420 14d ago

Why would a bird need a mechanic?

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u/St_Kevin_ 14d ago

A perfectly aimed pallet of bricks

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u/RealistWanderer 14d ago

Also, that iconic 'eagle' sound you hear in media is actually a red-tailed hawk.

Baldies sound much different than what people think.

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u/Phytanic 14d ago

I've nearly hit them several times because they love roadkill, and they're everywhere along the Mississippi River in Wisconsin.

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u/VapeThisBro 14d ago

I don't think I realized the Mississippi was so damn long it was in Wisconsin

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u/RawrRRitchie 14d ago

The Mississippi River is basically our Amazon or Nile rivers

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u/JackBauerSaidSo 14d ago

And it used to be bigger!

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u/JacobJamesTrowbridge 14d ago

Really? How much so?

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u/goingbananas44 14d ago

Depending on how far back you want to go, there used to be a whole sea cutting through North America in the devonian period. That's why there are a lot of marine fossils to be found in the Midwest plains areas.

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u/WingedLing 14d ago

Jesus you’re a huge nerd.

wanna see my marine fossil collection?

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u/gamingraptor 14d ago

It's starts up in northern Minnesota

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u/Snipen543 14d ago

They're better looking seagulls

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u/RunningPains 14d ago

Is that like 25% success rate per attempt? Because that really doesn't sound very bad.

I've worked with vultures and they're awesome, from my experience they have way more personality than eagles, scavengers are also very useful to the ecosystem.

I've worked with a lot of bird species from black, martial and snake eagles to barn, white faced, and eagle owls to macaw and grey parrots to cape and lappet-faced vultures, to crows. And the vultures had the best and funniest personalities to be honest and were a lot less aggressive than other birds if prey which let their personalities show through more.

Bald eagles are just large birds who live right outside of big cities in the west, so you almost always see them when you go camping etc, so they're rare enough to be special but common enough to be beloved by regular people. They also don't do anything to annoy humans so there's no reason to really dislike them like a lot of birds that live in/around cities.

Seeing vultures gather around a corpse is a special sight, and I can't think of anything similar to that in the west, they're wonderful animals and just because they don't dive bomb fish doesn't mean they're any less interesting.

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u/ysisverynice 14d ago

but is 25% success comfortable calories/effort or is it cutting it close?

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u/kazeespada 14d ago

Bald Eagles are generalist carnivores. They steal food from other birds of prey and even eat carrion. So even if their catch rates are terrible in regards to fish, they can just go bully some Ospreys.

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u/AmbushIntheDark5 14d ago

A true american icon.

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u/incomprehensiblegarb 14d ago

Team America World Police plays in the background

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u/Slorgasm 14d ago

People in SE AK call them dump ducks.

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u/Seseellybon 13d ago

Googled for osprey fishing and found this;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMw-PspfdkQ

Osprey are pretty. o.o'

If majestically derpy here.

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u/Piccolito 14d ago

wow, you worked at Google? how was the work? were you manually sorting search files?

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u/fezzikola 14d ago

Real people don't manually do sort and search stuff for google, that would be a huge waste even for a company like that. Interns do it

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u/enty6003 14d ago

I assume you're joking but they do genuinely outsource stuff like this at Google now, to make sure the results are palatable (especially with politically polemic topics). I think they're called Search Quality Raters. The algorithm is just step one.

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u/Stoic_Breeze 14d ago

I bet it beats taking care of junkie eagles.

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u/Ebwite 14d ago

Makes even better sense that they’re America’s National bird, lol.

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u/dralcax 14d ago

We should have picked the turkey instead

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u/codevii 14d ago

alright Franklin, we heard your idea!

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u/Za_Lords_Guard 14d ago

That was not his first rodeo.

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u/merikaninjunwarrior 14d ago

well yeah, the fisherman is on vacation from his job as a rodeo clown

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u/oddracingline 14d ago

Big mistake. They come back and will not leave you alone. The bane of Alaskan docks.

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u/ConeCandy 14d ago

My Alaskan friend called them "seagulls with knives".

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u/Lord_Rapunzel 14d ago

That's pretty accurate. They're god damn everywhere around Juneau and hang out wherever there's garbage.

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u/HardcoreKaraoke 14d ago

I was shocked at how many eagles and ravens were around Alaska when I went. These big ass ravens were basically walking around cities like pigeons and eagles were always flying around.

I assumed eagles were a lot more rare before I went up there.

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u/myobdude 14d ago

They’re the menaces of Valdez.

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u/sciencebased 14d ago

I mean...I think they're cool so long as they don't steal the good stuff and just clean up the carcasses. But no question they're like seagulls. Ya know, with talons.

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u/StarshipMuffin 14d ago

Coolest golden retriever ever …

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u/MoradaGirl 14d ago

My brother in Christ that's a Bald Eagle 🇺🇸

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u/[deleted] 14d ago

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u/MoradaGirl 14d ago

Astral realm brother we only speak with inside voices in this church.

Praise be!

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u/Rhubii 14d ago

Apologies, but if I may . . . I believe that is what one calls an amphibian, my friend under god.

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u/MoradaGirl 14d ago

May God bless your month of May.

Praise be!

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u/ihadtopoop- 14d ago

Holy smokes that is America’s bird

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u/enty6003 14d ago

Beagle

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u/Astral-traveler-026 14d ago

OK OK, don’t yell it out loud. He’s very conscious about it. He’s already taking Rogaine for it.

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u/HardForRinku 14d ago

I would absolutely love to do that one day

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u/harley_rydr 14d ago

If you have wings and talons, go for it!

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u/HardForRinku 14d ago

I am angry yet i am impressed

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u/poopellar 14d ago

I guess you were annoyed by it but you let it fly.

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u/Prpl_panda_dog 14d ago

It did ruffle my feathers but if you can’t beak em, join em

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u/BreadAroma 14d ago

What happened to the ole switcharoo chain that people used to post?

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u/Bowler_300 14d ago

Its your final test for american citizenship.

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u/IsThatHearsay 14d ago

Isn't it illegal to feed Bald Eagles in the U.S.?

Actually not sure why I phrased that as a question, I know it is, both at state and federal levels, and punishable by fines and/or imprisonment.

Hope these guys filming weren't in the US...

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u/Lurkay1 14d ago

Well at least they fed it a natural fresh caught fish. Its not like they fed it Doritos or donut holes.

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u/MisanthropyIsAVirtue 14d ago

Sounds like they violated the letter of the law, not the spirit.

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u/jzillacon 14d ago

Well the reason it exists is mainly for the same reasons you shouldn't feed bears or wildcats. If you get wild animals to associate humans with food then they'll be more likely to put themselves in dangerous situations because of it. It seems fine to let them have small things like fish or apples, but animals don't know what's socially acceptable to humans, to them there might not be much difference between eating food tossed by a human and hunting your neighbors dog.

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u/Lurkay1 14d ago

Remember, licking doorknobs is illegal on other planets.

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u/ParsnipsNicker 14d ago

I think in the USA its technically illegal to feed any wild animals. Technically it varies by state, but generally its illegal.

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u/VapeThisBro 14d ago

The act of feeding isn't necessarily illegal itself, but it can fall under harassment which is illegal under US law.

“Harassment" is legally considered any action that interrupts an animal's “normal behavior patterns," so this includes trapping, petting, or feeding most animals.

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u/MeccIt 14d ago

Yep, teaching wild animals to follow humans for free food is not sustainable or good for either side.

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u/BraveryDuck 14d ago

Imagine being wild animal getting rewarded for bravely approaching a human with a top-notch scritchy scratch when some other human makes him stop and takes him away for "harassing" you

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u/truMalma 14d ago edited 14d ago

Is it really feeding him if he didn't think for one second the eagle would catch it?

edit: this is a genuine question you dimwits. I'll feed a wild bird on purpose to punish you for your rudeness.

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u/Sankt_Peter-Ording 14d ago

?? If the meat had fallen into the water, he would also have fed animals with it

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u/andre3kthegiant 14d ago

Not illegal in Canada?

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u/Gray_Gloom 14d ago Narwhal Salute

So long and thanks for all the fish!

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u/HarleyDavidsson 14d ago

Damn, beat me to it 😆

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u/leroach 14d ago

This is illegal in the US. Do not feed, move, touch our eagles, please. Thank you.

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u/Yinonormal 14d ago

Don't even fucking look at the bird, okay!

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u/dude_asuh 14d ago

What's wrong with feeding them? Honest question

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u/TheRealOgMark 14d ago

They probably will start harassing people expecting food.

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u/SoulessDeathNDespair 14d ago

Why do I keep seeing videos of people feeding what are supposed to be apex predators? Unless it's in a rehab facility this shouldn't be happening.

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u/Wooper250 14d ago

What is with all of the posts of people feeding wild animals? C'mon y'all this is even more dangerous than the kestrel...

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u/Lamourtattend 14d ago

Don’t 👏 feed 👏 wild 👏 animals 👏

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u/Tacotuesdayftw 14d ago

Don't listen to this guy.

We they love it when you give us them fish.

squawk

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u/SirReginaldTheDumb 14d ago

I specialize in bird law and legally you're obligated to disclose if you are a bird on the internet. This is your first warning bird.. we're onto you.

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u/PM_ME_UR_VAGINA_YO 14d ago

But here's the thing, you said crow.

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u/ruiner8850 14d ago edited 14d ago

This is the 2nd heavily upvoted post today of people feeding a bald eagle. Not only is it illegal, but it's bad for the bird. You'd hope people in this sub would know better, but apparently 98% of people here don't give a shit about the bird or the law.

Edit: Downvote all you want, but this isn't fucking cool and it's illegal for a good reason. If you upvote this you support harming the bird.

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u/Rainshadow_ 14d ago

How is it bad for the bird? Genuinely asking.

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u/beowolfey 14d ago

Giving this eagle a single fish isn’t likely going to tip the scales, but the sum total of this kind of thing might. None of these are a given, but some possibilities:

Eagles learn that humans are an easy source of food. Eagles start following humans around in addition to hunting themselves. Eagles become dependent on humans but also exceed their normal population density that can be supported by wild food sources. This causes harm to the food sources they would normally be eating and may cause rippling effects through the ecosystem.

Basically, Earth is ever at a balance, and our actions that disrupt this balance however small can have deep unseen consensequences across many things.

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u/truMalma 14d ago

If you upvote this you support harming the bird.

or you don't check downvoted comments and aren't around birds ever

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u/BgDmnHero 14d ago

THANK YOU.

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u/JohnJamesRambo1 14d ago

Hmmm. There's probably a law on the books that make this a criminal offense. Believe It or Not!!!

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u/ForwardKnee4076 14d ago

If you condition apex predators like this to come to humans for food, it’ll end up snatching away a toddler for food

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u/StuRap 14d ago

This needs sound cos I guarantee someone screamed "Merica, fuck yeah!" when he caught that

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u/lizblessesurhrt 14d ago

I certainly did.

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u/defend74 14d ago

Illegal

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u/BgDmnHero 14d ago

And immoral. Don’t feed wildlife, it only hurts them in the end.

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u/Ninjasquirtle4 14d ago

Call the cops then

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u/Empty-Salad-5140 14d ago

Fish and game. Even worse.

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u/jmcclaskey54 14d ago

What lake? Do we know?

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u/bearmademansuit 14d ago

Looks like somewhere in Pacific Northwest

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u/Maya_Dixie_Normous 14d ago

Definitely looks like the San Juan islands in Washington State.

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u/heretouplift 14d ago

pretty sure that’s Waldo Lake in Oregon. you just can’t see the mountainy parts

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u/AndrewKetterly 14d ago

You can't have power boats on Waldo and the water is so pure and clean that there isn't really much fish life to be found there. First time I ever saw leeches though.

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u/Maya_Dixie_Normous 14d ago

Ooooh! Good eye. It still reminds me of the San Juan’s, but could very well be Oregon for sure. Beautiful regardless.

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u/heretouplift 14d ago

lol I’m just making shit up. every time I go west, I get high in Colorado and forget what I’m doing

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u/Virillus 14d ago

Yeah. Definitely PNW. Those forests are unmistakable.

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u/Maya_Dixie_Normous 14d ago

Pacific Ocean. 🤙

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u/dcjones17 14d ago

Almost positive this is west coast of Vancouver island. Somewhere between port renfrew and ucluelet.

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u/420natureboy 14d ago

I just did this off of Vancouver island and it looks the same scenery wise.

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u/elbileil 14d ago

Freedom Lake, America, USA 🇺🇸

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u/Freeman2694 14d ago

Can this be considered bad for the eagle since regularly feeding wildlife threatens its ability to hunt on its own?

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u/seditious3 14d ago

It's illegal in the US

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u/PainfulPeanutBlender 14d ago Helpful

How come no one ever cares about the fish? From the eyes of the fish that was a pretty dick move

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u/oldDotredditisbetter 14d ago

it exists, but with a different name: /r/Pescatarian

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u/glazedhamster 14d ago

r/reverseanimalrescue has some gnarly fish dickery if that's your thing but mostly it's just shoving kittens into sewers and things of that nature.

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u/lunatiHK 14d ago

It’s actually videos of animals getting rescued but in reverse

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u/Rycan420 14d ago

Always a good time when it’s something huge like a horse or something.

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u/Cryptiod137 14d ago

LMOA thanks for explaining it, that's a fucking riot

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u/UberNerdism 14d ago

No one ever said “There’s plenty of Bald Eagles in the air.”

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u/[deleted] 14d ago

That’s actually a fair point.

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u/SadaamsScrotom 14d ago

Spend time in Dutch harbor and you will change your mind about them hahaha. Still magnificent, just not as much there.

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u/shaiyl 14d ago

You wouldn't believe the metric fuckton of bald eagles on Vancouver Island tho. We're pretty close to maximum eagle.

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u/WhatuuupKrisp 14d ago

Considering the oceans are almost empty we should probably change that saying anyway.

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u/PinkTalkingDead 14d ago

Are they though? I’ve always heard a fed animal is a dead animal when referencing wildlife

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u/Wooper250 14d ago

Yeah this is really not good for anyone involved...

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u/Interesting_Factor_9 14d ago

That feet-eye coordination is top tier

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u/anonymous_lighting 14d ago

i thought everyone is poopooing feeding wild animals? after the guy with the bird laying eggs in planter on 20th floor

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u/Wooper250 14d ago

Yeah this is also fucked up. I'm sad to see so much positive reception.

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u/Reason_unreasonably 14d ago

There are many reasons not to feed wild animals but I don't know if the reason people are saying not to do it has much to do with a bird laying eggs on the 20th floor.

City birds gotta city bird. There ain't enough trees to go round and some of them are cliff nesters anyway.

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u/ruiner8850 14d ago

Yes, this is not cool at all and it's fucked up its 98% upvoted.

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u/H-isgreat 14d ago

Don’t fucking feed wild animals, yea they’re cool but they need to hunt and not rely on human interference.

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u/roboticzizzz 14d ago

What a shame to weaken such a majestic animal by feeding it scraps.

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u/SimpleManc88 14d ago

Socialism!

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u/Grogman92 14d ago

That is impressive. Enough said.

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u/aak- 14d ago

So this is fucking sick but in down voting because it isn't at all nature.

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u/AdFit8276 14d ago

Paying tributes to the IRS.

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u/iredditoninternets 14d ago

That eagle definitely knows that the boat gives fish

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