2018 Photo Contest, Nature, 1st prize

Dumpster Diver


Corey Arnold

14 February, 2017

A bald eagle feasts on meat scraps in the garbage bins of a supermarket in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, USA.

Once close to extinction, the bald eagle has made a massive comeback after concerted conservation efforts. Unalaska has a population of around 5,000 people, and 500 eagles. Some 350 million kilograms of fish are landed in Dutch Harbor annually. The birds are attracted by the trawlers, but also feed on garbage and snatch grocery bags from the hands of unsuspecting pedestrians. Locally, the American national bird is known as the ‘Dutch Harbor pigeon’.

About the photographer

Corey Arnold

Through his trade as a captain of a commercial salmon fishing operation in Bristol Bay, he has continuously explored life at sea and the communities sustained by the fishing indu...

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