Have You Ever Seen a Bald Eagle Swim With Its Food?

by Matthew Memrick

You’ve seen a majestic bald eagle swoop down into the water for a fish. But have you seen it do the breaststroke with food to get to land?

The Nature Is Metal Instagram page got a hold of a clip of one bald eagle doing its thing recently in Alaska.

With the post, the readers learned a few things about the bird’s swimming capabilities. One Instagram user joked that the swimming was a “Good way to meet a Shark or a Leopard Seal…”

Wisconsin Bald Eagle A Good Swimmer

In another video, a bird lover caught a Wisconsin bird on video at Lake Chippewa last week trying to swim back to land. It paddled to shore with a giant carp in its talons.

When he makes landfall, the bird releases the fish onto the beach.

“We were sitting in the living room with a view of the lake and noticed an eagle swimming towards our beach,” an unidentified birdwatcher said. 

The person shot a video of the bird at first, thinking the bird was hurt. But then, the person saw the massive carp and was amazed. 

The bald eagle started on his meal, eating the fish for a couple of hours. It left and returned the next day to finish the carp off. 

Bald Eagles Swim With Their Food?

I guess it’s a little-known fact that bald eagles swim sometimes. They don’t like to do it, but they do.

The Daily Mail reported that bald eagles might have to swim if their feathers get waterlogged. They’re at a disadvantage when swimming, and sometimes they even drown.

“Throughout the years, I’ve seen them swim a lot of times,” Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife researcher Jim Watson said. “And usually it’s because they fly out and attempt to catch a fish in the water and maybe get waterlogged.”

One bald eagle had a duck feast a few weeks ago at Tennessee’s Dale Hollow Reservoir. The eagle dove more than 30 feet into the water to catch the duck. In this instance, the bald eagle didn’t swim to shore. IT just flew off with the duck in its talons. 

Fun Eagle Facts

Bald Eagles make their homes in North America, particularly Canada and Alaska. It’s not uncommon for the bird to fly 30 miles in a day while soaring more than 10,000 feet in the sky.

Amazingly, these natural hunters can spot a fish almost a mile away.

Even though you call bald eagles bald, they’re not really bald. But you knew that. They have white feathers on their heads.

Finally, America’s national symbol faced extinction during the twentieth century before conservation efforts returned the animal population to reasonable numbers.

In 2007, officials took the American bald eagle off the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife.