Jun 22 2010

WHAT is he doing?

Published by at 7:12 am under Insects, Fish, Frogs


Chris Colaianni told me a story last week that involved a fish, this man and a bird.  It was the most astonishing thing he saw on his vacation.

In early June Chris went fishing at Lake Minnewanka in Banff, Canada with Captain Ray as the guide.  The group was doing catch-and-release so when they caught a big fish they Oooo’d and Aahhhh’d and let it go.   Then someone caught this small fish and Captain Ray said “Watch this!” 

He put the fish’s head in his mouth and blew air into it.  After he’d blown into it a while he tossed the fish into the lake and it floated.  So… what kind of trick is this? 

“Watch the fish.”

Until this point no one had been paying attention to birds.  Suddenly a bald eagle came out of nowhere, grabbed the floating fish and took it to its nearby nest.  Captain Ray was very proud of his bird trick.  ”See, he gets the fish because it’s floating.”

Chris and his friends were grossed out by the fish-in-mouth technique but they wanted to see the eagle again so when they caught another small fish they killed it and threw it into the lake. 

It floated.  The eagle came back again and grabbed the dead fish.

“That’s how Americans do it.” 

It was a Canadian-American cross-cultural experience. 

Reminds me of the Red Green show.

(photo by Chris Colaianni)

10 responses so far

10 Responses to “WHAT is he doing?”

  1. Mary Jo bermanon 22 Jun 2010 at 8:52 am

    geez. that is just weird. But seeing an eagle snag the fish makes up for the weirdness.

    btw, killing the fish might be more humane than inflating it. I’m just sayin’

  2. Carlana Rhotenon 22 Jun 2010 at 11:13 am

    Why has the Aviary dropped the falconcam from its home page?

  3. Carlana Rhotenon 22 Jun 2010 at 11:35 am

    On second thought, maybe there is not enough to see. Although a couple of days ago I saw a pretty spirited fight over possession of a corpse.

  4. Kate St. Johnon 22 Jun 2010 at 12:14 pm

    The National Aviary is not featuring the webcams on their home page because, as you remarked, the peregrines are mostly away from the nest. Soon there will be nothing to see.

  5. Jennieon 22 Jun 2010 at 12:30 pm

    Weird, but interesting story. You have to wonder who thought up this trick in the first place, and if boredom and/or alcohol were involved :)

  6. Lucieon 22 Jun 2010 at 1:35 pm

    Is there something wrong with that last chick at the GT that he is still hanging around the nest and doesn’t appear to be too strong? I see him flapping every now and then but most of the time, he seems to be just laying there…….

  7. Kate St. Johnon 22 Jun 2010 at 2:22 pm

    Nothing wrong. Just not ready to fly.

  8. Shannonon 23 Jun 2010 at 11:09 pm

    This is my favorite blog entry yet. We howled for a good while!!

  9. Bird Toyson 24 Jun 2010 at 3:22 pm

    LOL, that is one of the funniest stories I’ve heard. I am inclined to try it just so I can see a Bald Eagle on my next fishing trip up north!

  10. Davidon 02 Jul 2010 at 8:19 pm

    Canadian sushi…

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