Hunting Deer on Thin Ice

Late winter, with a combination of ice and open water on surface waters, presents a fleeting window of opportunity for nature photography. My recent posts on ducks, muskrats and mink were the result of this phenomenon. It was 60 degrees F today, the ice is melting quickly, and the window is about to close. I plan to shoot until it does.

This morning I followed up on a report of eagles feeding on a dead deer on the thin ice of a local reservoir. I found three bald eagles and a coyote in the area. Two mature eagles were on the carcass and a juvenile was a couple hundred feet away, near the distant shore. The coyote made a brief appearance, hunting the far shoreline and ecotone. Much of what I observed was beyond the reach of my gear, but I managed to capture the essence of the experience!

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Photos by NB Hunter. © All Rights Reserved.

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6 thoughts on “Hunting Deer on Thin Ice

    • Yes, I feel very fortunate to have this opportunity. We have many small reservoirs in the area, built in the 19th century to supply water to the NYS canal system. Several pairs of eagles now use these rural wetland habitats for feeding and nesting. Thanks for the visit!

  1. Early spring really brings different photo opts….I am always surprised how the different “nature” happenings vary from day to day, month to month and year to year… Your photo journal helps us all understand our natural world.

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