The following is a description supplied by Amanda of an event she observed two weekends back at The Lake in North/Central Minnesota:
There appeared to be an animal acting strangely on the surface of the water. On further inspection, it turned out to be a bald eagle moving across the surface using its wings like oars. This went on for at least a minute or two. Eventually, the eagle dragged itself in a similar manner onto shore where it stood around for a while, and shortly thereafter made its way up the slope by several feet. Closer inspection with binoculars indicated that the eagle was now eating a fish (probably).
It appears that the eagle had grabbed a fish with its talons, but the fish was too big to lift up out of the water. So the bird crawled across the water with the fish in tow. Probably.
Has anyone observed that particular behavior before?
I should note that this happened in sight of the eagle’s nest, and we are 99% certain that this nest has one or more chicks (can’t see it/them, but can hear it/them).