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Sebastian T. Patti
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>From: Jim Arterburn <[log in to unmask]>
>Reply-To: okbirds <[log in to unmask]>
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>Subject: Swimming Bald Eagle at Lake Tenkiller
>Date: Mon, 20 Dec 2004 20:00:32 -0600
>
>OKBirds,
>
>Jerry Sisler, Jim Thayer and I watched a Bald Eagle swim about 100 yards to
>shore today - As we were driving into the parking area at Blackgum Landing
>we saw two Bald Eagles chasing each other.  As we stopped the car the two
>eagles locked talons and started circling lower towards the water.  As they
>got close to the water they unlocked talons and one of the eagles was
>thrown into the water.  The other eagle then dove at him a couple of times.
>  The eagle in the water tried to fly off but only made it a few yards
>before he lit back on the water (he never got his feet and legs out of the
>water).  I don't know if he was too water-logged to take flight or what.
>The other eagle was still swooping down on him with his talons open.  The
>eagle then started swimming to shore with what appeared to be an eagle
>version of the breast stroke.  He would pull his bent wings forward and
>push them down into the water and then move them back along the body at the
>same time raising his body up out of the water and forward.  While he was
>trying to swim to shore the other eagle would dive on him.  Each time he
>flew close the eagle in the water would flip over on his back with his
>wings spread out and back to steady himself and raise his feet out of the
>water to protect himself from the other eagle.  He would then turn over and
>swim toward shore again.  This process was repeated over and over again for
>several minutes before the eagle finally reached shore and pulled himself
>up on a rock and stood there looking very waterlogged.  The other eagle
>then proceeded to fly into a tree directly above the eagle and stare down
>at him.  We watched for a while longer before looking at loons and when we
>looked back both eagles were gone.  I will send Dan a couple of digiscoped
>photos of the eagle swimming for him to post on the photo pages.
>
>We spent the day birding Tenkiller and Sequoyah Lock and Dam.  With the
>strong winds today the conditions were not the best but we did count over
>200 loons.  However, we did not find any of the rarer loons today.  Also
>there were not many gulls at the lock and dam either.  We did have 2 Fish
>Crows at Snake Creek and 1 at Chicken Creek.  On each sighting the birds
>flew directly over us calling.
>
>Jim Arterburn
>Tulsa, OK

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