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This juvenile bald eagle carries the carcass of a mallard duck, he may have killed himself, or stolen from another eagle. Life in the marsh can be difficult, and all its inhabitants struggle to survive during the winter. This image was captured at a marsh in the Comox Valley (British Columbia) of Canada’s Vancouver Island in February of 2009 using a Nikon D300, a Nikkor f4 600 mm lens, on a large Gitzo tripod, ISO 400, f4, 1/500s. Within a few seconds of this capture, the eagle loses his grip on the duck and drops it into the waters of the marsh in an image I titled, The Gruesome End