While we know a bald eagle when we see one, most don't really know the bird. Many believe an eaglet is suddenly able to fly when its mother kicks it out of the nest.
In reality, the process is more like how human children learn to ride a bike. And the first flight is really just the beginning of a remarkable story that involves migrating up rivers in pursuit of spawning salmon, learning to read the body language of other eagles to recognize opportunities to steal food, and practicing hunting skills on fish trapped in oyster beds at low tides.
Year of the Eagle involved three years of detailed research at one nesting site, and more than a decade of photography in their wintering grounds.