While my choice for today's CDP theme of Best Photo of 2009 is not a great image in a technical sense, it certainly represents a most memorable few minutes for me.
As I reported in my post last year:
"...bald eagle I encountered this afternoon on a beach walk. He had landed atop a large rock surrounded by the surf. He wasn't pleased when an otter suddenly surfaced and climbed up onto the rock with a fish in its mouth. Immediately the raptor pounced, but to no avail. The otter escaped with his fish and I caught this somewhat blurred shot of our beautiful national bird having a bad day."
To elaborate a little more on the encounter, I first noticed the eagle as he swooped down from a high bluff above the beach and glided just above the surf and off into the distance before turning around. He then sailed over me and landed on a rock in the water about thirty yards away. I fumbled for my point and shoot digital camera and got off this shot just as he went for the otter. He missed the mark and flew out to sea, but returned again for another perch on the rock. He quickly gave up pursuit of the otter and its fish and vanished. I managed to catch several more shots of him during his circling, but none so striking as his attack on the otter with talons at the ready.
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