Lisa Bell. (Facebook photo)

B.C. photographer injured after eagles plunge from sky

Lisa Bell suffers puncture wounds after birds drop into her lap

A routine day of wildlife photography turned terrifying for a Bowser woman, leaving her with some bizarre injuries and quite a tale to tell.

Lisa Bell was snapping pics of a sky full of eagles on Friday, when a pair of mating birds tumbled into her lap. A shocked Bell suffered puncture wounds on her face and body.

“I’m a little bruised and a little sore,” said Bell with a chuckle on Sunday. “The third day is when it really kicks in.”

Bell was having tea with a friend on Friday, snapping photos of dozens of eagles, flying about in a mating and feeding frenzy.

She focused on a pair that had locked in a mating ritual known as “cartwheeling,” where they lock talons and plunge towards the ground.

“It’s almost like a wedding ceremony,” explained Bell, who has been taking photos of eagles for many years. “They’re looking for mates for life. They will lock their talons, and it’s all about trust. They trust each other to let go before they hit the ground.”

In this case, the birds were unable to let go, and plummeted into Bell.

“I was taking pictures of them all the way down and… boom,” she said. “I never thought about getting hit. I mean, how often do eagles drop into your lap?”

RELATED: VIDEO: Up close eagle encounter for B.C. fisherman

Bell said she initially didn’t realize she was hurt and said the eagles flew away, apparently unharmed.

“They had a soft landing,” she said with another laugh. “It was liked they bounced off of me, but I guess I went into shock. I felt blood on my neck and saw it on my hands. I kind of staggered inside to show my friend.”

Her friend quickly took her to the Oceanside Health Centre’s urgent care clinic.

“The doctor said ‘you don’t see this every day,’” said Bell, who was bandaged up and received a tetanus shot. “I am pretty lucky. It could have been a lot worse.”

She said some people wondered if she had been near a nest, but she said that wasn’t the case.

“There were so many of them flying around and feeding and mating,” said Bell. “It was just a one-in-a-million thing. It was amazing, quite a tale for sure.”

Bell previously made international headlines with her photos of a Canada goose battling a bald eagle at Spider Lake Springs Resort in 2016.

“I guess I’m going viral again,” she said.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Injuries suffered by Lisa Bell after a pair of eagles fell on her while she was taking pictures near Bowser on April 26. (Lisa Bell/Facebook photo)

Injury suffered by Lisa Bell after a pair of eagles fell on her while she was taking pictures near Bowser on April 26. (Lisa Bell/Facebook photo)

Bowser photographer Lisa Bell captured pics of an eagle battling a Canada goose at Spider Lake Springs Resort in 2016. (Lisa Bell photo)

Just Posted

From baseball stars to forest fires: Southeast Fire Centre water bomber has an interesting past

Tanker 489 is stationed in Castlegar this year, but in the 1960s it belonged to the L.A. Dodgers.

Morning Start: Naps could save your life

Your morning start for Wednesday, July 9, 2020

From Mountains to Prairies another example of Golden’s local music talent

The band is slotted to perform at next Wednesday’s edition of Summer Kicks

Kicking Horse Movies reopens in time to celebrates 70 years

After a lengthy layoff due to COVID-19 the theatre is open to the public once more

Horrifying video shows near head-on collision by Golden

The video was captured on dash cam along Highway 1

B.C. identifies 20 new COVID-19 cases, travellers specified in count

Pandemic total 3,028 cases, 51 people from outside Canada

Kelowna taxpayers could pay $90K for losses caused by cancelled Memorial Cup

$135,000 would be put aside for a potential bid for a future opportunity to host the tournament

Canadian policing organization calls for decriminalization of simple illicit drug possession

Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police want policing focus of opioid crisis to be replaced with a health one

Motorcycle rider seriously injured in collision with vehicle on Highway 97 west of Pritchard

Chase RCMP report that motorcycle was attempting to pass when crash occurred

Predator mutilated cats in Kelowna: BC SPCA

The BC SPCA confirmed a mutilated cat was killed by a predator

LETTER: Former Summerland mayors speak out on solar project

Five former Summerland mayors sign name to short letter

Emergency crews conduct CPR on unresponsive person in Okanagan Lake

West Kelowna emergency crews are on scene at the shores of Jubilee Mobile Home Park

Filing deadline in RCMP sexual-harassment class-action extended due to COVID-19

Plaintiffs now have until January 2021 to submit claims for up to $222,000

Jamie Bacon pleads guilty to charge in Surrey Six case

The plea brings an end to a complex legal case that has spanned more than a decade

Most Read