Have you ever seen a bald eagle go for a swim?
I’d never seen it in the wild until I traveled to Saskatchewan in June. We were filming for Northland Outdoors in our search for a world record lake trout. (Watch the full show here.)
We came around a point in our boat and a group of birds sprang from the shore, including two bald eagles—one adult and one juvenile. As the young eagle flew out over the lake, he suddenly dropped into the water after about 20 yards. Then we watched in amazement as he swam back to shore. He spent a few minutes on shore before finally flying off again for good.
We drifted into the point to see what the attraction was and found a giant northern pike carcass picked clean. It was just under the surface of the water, so we figured the eagle had gotten his wings wet while eating and that’s why he couldn’t fly very far. It was amazing to see his instincts take over as he put on his best Michael Phelps impersonation and started swimming like a champ.