WEST SEATTLE WILDLIFE: Bunnies and Bald Eagles

Four wildlife photos for a sunny Sunday. Advance warning, the last one – which might be described as a Bald Eagle with its Easter brunch – is a bit graphic. But first, two bunny views – first, from Jerry Simmons:

Second, an extreme close-up from Steve Bender:

We also have two views of local Bald Eagles. This juvenile was photographed by David Hutchinson at Alki:

And an anonymous reader saw this one on SW Raymond, dining on what they said was an Opossum:

As always, thanks for the memorable photos! We also include a photo every day with our event list – sometimes wildlife, sometimes simply neighborhood sightings, or sunrise/sunset scenes – westseattleblog@gmail.com is where to send them.

10 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE WILDLIFE: Bunnies and Bald Eagles"

  • waikikigirl March 31, 2024 (4:46 pm)

    I’ve never really realized rabbits are sort of scary looking, especially close up! 😳 LOL!

    • Carl Furfaro March 31, 2024 (6:19 pm)

      There’s a wonderfully terrible 1972 film about giant rabbits terrorizing a community, called Night of the Lepus, possibly inspired by enlarged photos of the scary attack bunnies?

      • Scooter March 31, 2024 (7:41 pm)

        I learned to fear the rabbit through watching Monty Python and the Holy Grail too many times…” That’s the most foul, cruel, and bad-tempered rodent you ever set eyes on! “

  • WS Nerd March 31, 2024 (5:45 pm)

    Great photos! The eagle eating a possum is a good reminder to never use rodent killer–you might end up poisoning a bird of prey or other wildlife.

    • Bill March 31, 2024 (6:53 pm)

      Or a neighbor’s cat or dog!

  • Sillygoose April 1, 2024 (7:16 am)

    Oh no I hope that’s not our possum from Graham Green Belt. They eat pounds of slugs and snails we need them.  😩 

  • Kersti Muul April 1, 2024 (9:46 am)

    Eagle in the road is a tragedy waiting to happen.Roadkill should be removed and disposed of properly. Or at a minimum move it over to the parking strip. If it grosses you out, just call me and I’ll do it.. The Lincoln Park eagles are incubating eggs now as an FYI.Rodenticide is also a good point, however,  possums don’t fit into the feeding stations. They could get into some open scatter poison that doesn’t bio- accumulate into the raptors.It’s definitely a problem with the rats in the area. They are loaded with it.Bey is often seen eating rats off of Alki which is worrisome as there are a lot of SGAR boxes down there. Also FYI Bey is trying again this year in the Salty’s nestThere’s an eagle that flies over the thriftway area daily. Seems like it might be coming from the park, and could very likely be this individual

    • John April 1, 2024 (1:22 pm)

      Are you sure it’s roadkill?  Maybe the eagle killed it?   A Friday Harbor friend of mine watched his cat disappear in the talons of an eagle.

      • Carl Furfaro April 1, 2024 (2:58 pm)

        Once, at Lincoln Park before sunrise, I photographed a mature bald eagle eating a largish looking fish on the beach, a ways north of the point. I didn’t want to interrupt their breakfast but after a while I just had to know what they were eating. Turned out to be a 39 inch dogfish. Kinda doubt the eagle killed the fish, but couldn’t swear to it.

  • anonyme April 1, 2024 (11:51 am)

    Poor possum; I love those guys.  The joeys are the cutest things ever.

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