Stuffed Bald Eagle–Trophy

This week’s Friday Fictioneers picture prompt from Krista Strutz, showing an Eagle, is a reminder to me of the constant struggle in Scotland. The Golden Eagle and numbers of other birds of prey are in decline and the efforts to encourage them to flourish are not popular. The birds prey on game, partridge and grouse, and sometimes young lambs and the idea of striking a balance between the wildlife and people’s livelihood is controversial.

PHOTO PROMPT © Krista Strutz 

Stuffed Bald Eagle–Trophy

John stood transfixed and his heart rate fluttered.
At first, he let the paddle board drift as he watched the eagle land so close.
The magnificent creature stared at him, as if deciding whether he was a threat.

He remained calm and tried to hold the board against the current. He had never been so close to a Bald Eagle, and he savoured every second.
Some people would pay a fortune for this trophy stuffed and on display.

Would people believe him? He wanted to shoot it and prove them wrong.
However, he had left his camera-kit in the car. 

30 responses to “Stuffed Bald Eagle–Trophy

  1. Oh this is great. There’s a heavy sense of anticipation as the stand-off continues. I’m glad it was just his camera he wanted to shoot with!

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  2. Whew! You set us up nicely for that one!
    pax,
    dora

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  3. I’m glad he appreciated being close to the eagle rather than just appreciating its value as a trophy.

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  4. Oh, those lost opportunities that make you want to scream from frustration. At least, he has the memory of seeing it. Love the ending twist.
    Isadora 😎

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  5. What a relief! Great misdirection.

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  6. I’m relieved it was his camera he wanted to shoot it with 🙂

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  7. Dear James,

    Dontcha hate missing those photo ops? Love the misdirect. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  8. I know the feeling when you have to stand still just looking at God’s creatures. You never know if they are assessing you and deciding your character.. Great stuff

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  9. Nice twist at the end!

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  10. Interesting how it could be ‘shoot to kill’ or ‘shoot to capture the memory’.
    Are bald eagles only in America? Do you know?

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  11. Isn’t that the way it goes, camera battery dead or forgotten when you come upon the perfect shot. I also like how you used shoot here.

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  12. Very relieved he wanted a photo! 🙂

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  13. funny, i thought he wanted to shoot it dead with a gun. 🙂

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  14. I was just about to shout ‘no’! Nice misdirect James!

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  15. Nice play on the word “shoot”

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