The eagles started to inch closer and closer until they were right next to the Boettcher family. The eagles landed, and Jenny realized her camera was back at the Gulf Trace property.

GRAYTON BEACH — A Wisconsin family shot the photo of a lifetime when they witnessed two bald eagles snacking on a red snapper carcass.


Around sunset on Feb. 29, Jenny and her son, Josiah Boettcher, were walking down to the beach when they noticed a large red fish lying in the water.


Jenny said she had never seen a fish of that size, and then suddenly they saw the bald eagles in the sky.


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The eagles started to inch closer and closer until they were right next to the Boettcher family. The eagles landed, and Jenny realized her camera was back at the Gulf Trace property.


She rushed back to where they were staying to grab the camera. By the time Jenny returned, the bald eagles were back in the sky. But they returned.


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"With the ocean and the sand I just stood there like, ’Did this actually happen?’ " Jenny said.


She snapped a few pictures before they took off.


She said she was shocked to see the bald eagles so close.


"It was really amazing to watch them in person because we were ... like 30 feet away from them," Jenny said. "They didn’t seem that afraid because they were preoccupied."


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She said the only time she saw bald eagles so close was during trips to the zoo or through a set of binoculars.


"The entire experience was amazing because of what eagles represent to us," Jenny said.


While some of the photos were on the blurry side, they were able to get some clear shots as well.


"The timing was just impeccable," she said.