I was driving the auto tour road at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma when I spotted this Bald Eagle in a tree. I noticed that it had its wings flared out. I realized that the eagle was completely drenched, from head to talon. It was clear that this remarkable creature had recently taken a dive into the nearby river. Its disheveled appearance provided evidence of its aquatic adventure.

With my trusty camera in hand, I seized the opportunity to capture this extraordinary moment. The resulting photograph showcased the eagle’s saturated feathers, reflecting the challenges it faced after its waterlogged experience. It was a testament to the resilience and adaptability of these amazing birds in their natural habitat.

A Wet Bald Eagle

A Wet Bald Eagle

Intrigued by this encounter, I returned to the location later in the morning to witness what happened next. To my amazement, the eagle was still diligently engaged in the process of drying itself.

As avid fishers, these raptors are known for their adeptness in catching prey from lakes, rivers, and coastal areas. They are not averse to taking the plunge into the water to secure their next meal, displaying remarkable agility and strength.

The Bald Eagle’s ability to endure being completely submerged while remaining poised and majestic is a testament to its incredible adaptability and survival skills.

I am glad that I was able to get this photo of the eagle. It is a reminder of the beauty and resilience of these amazing birds.

Gear Used:

  • Camera: Canon EOS R7
  • Lens: Canon RF 800 mm F11


  • Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
  • Date and Time Taken: May 18, 2023 (08:41 A. M.)
  • Exposure Mode: Manual
  • Aperture: f11
  • Shutter speed: 1/1250
  • ISO: 1250 (Auto)
  • Exp. Comp.: +1.0
  • Focal Length: 800 mm

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