- Lifting Off -
The fourth image in the series of an eagle fishing. Here you can see the eagle is lifting off again. They have to be careful about what they pick up. Eagles can lift only about 5 lbs. depending on their airspeed. Most of the eagles I see prefer the smaller shad that they can easily eat and then go fish again for another. This particular day was very windy so eagles picking up larger shad struggled a little bit to fly in the wind. Notice the eyes of this eagle...he is simply blinking. Eagles have a transparent nictitating membrane. This allows the eagle to see even while he is blinking. Eagles have 4x better eyesight than humans, meaning they can see an animal moving almost a mile away.