Do bald eagles eat ducks? The answer is yes, although their preferred prey is fish.

Here is a fanciful and most likely ultimately disappointing tale of what may have been a rather nervous duck since this eagle had been flying rather low around it for a bit. I don’t know if the duck saw the eagle catch the fish now gripped in the eagle’s claws, but it still appears to be keeping a wary eye on the eagle.

A Bald Eagle, A Fish and a Duck - 1

As the eagle passes by, does the duck realize the danger that it might have been in if the fishing had been poor, the eagle had been starving and perhaps the duck itself been plumper — indeed that much of its environment been entirely different that day? Of course not. It is a duck and they are not known as deep nor imaginative thinkers.

A Bald Eagle, A Fish and a Duck - 2

As the duck exits stage right, we can contemplate how future dissimilarly situated ducks may not have the same good fortune.

A Bald Eagle, A Fish and a Duck - 3

We only need look to the fish, for which things were going along swimmingly — until they weren’t — in order to understand what can happen to any prey of a bald eagle.

If this were a better tale or perhaps even aspired to status as a parable it  would have some pithy end. Alas it is not and you will have to be satisfied with this lesson, which is the best lesson I can draw. It is better to be a duck than a fish, at least when both are plentiful and bald eagles are hungry:).


  1. Shackdaddy says:

    A cautionary duck tail.


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