Eagle Collision

Bald Eagle’s hair raising experience



“I was walking along the shore of Lake Tapps (Seattle, Washington) on
Monday, and noticed a big commotion a little more than 1/4-mile away.
I saw a Bald Eagle circling and repeatedly diving on what I thought must be a
school of fish. Soon he was joined by another eagle and they began to fight each
other for the prey. Territorial eagle fights do  happen, but I’ve
never seen one, nor have I seen any good photos.

Naturally, I grabbed my camera. The action was so furious and far away that
it was hard to see if I was getting any good photos. So I just snapped lots pics and
hoped for the best. I didn’t quite realize what I was watching, until I got home
and looked at the pics on my computer. It turned out I had photographed a
three-way life & death struggle between two mature Bald Eagles fighting over
one very frightened duck!

The eagles fought each other for several minutes while trying to get that duck -
it was like WW II in the air!

The fellow sitting on the tailgate of his pickup truck never realized
the show he was missing...


The duck watches as the eagle speeds straight at him at 40 mph...


With perfect timing, the duck dove and escaped with a mighty splash - then he’d
pop to the surface as soon as the eagle flew past. This was repeated over and over
for several minutes.
Would the poor duck tire and that would be the end of him?


A second eagle joins the attack! The duck kept diving “just in time”, so
the eagles began to dive into the water after him...


After several minutes the eagles got frustrated and began to attack each other.
They soon began to dive vertically, level out, and attack head-on in a good old-
fashioned game of high-speed “Chicken”. Sometimes they banked away from each
other at the last possible second; other times they’d climb vertically and tear into
each other while falling back toward the water.
(The duck catches his breath at the right side of this picture)...


Terrible miscalculation - a head-on collision between two Bald Eagles...


One eagle stayed aloft and flew away, but the other lies motionless in a
crumpled heap.
The lucky duck survived to live another day...
Two eagles collide in mid-air

The eagle wiggled, flapped and struggled - mostly underwater. He finally got his
head above water and with great difficulty managed to get airborne.
To my astonishment, he flew straight toward me, and it was the most
wretched and unstable bird flight I’ve ever seen!


The bedraggled eagle circled me once - then lit atop a nearby fir tree. He had a
six-foot wingspread and looked mighty angry. I was concerned that I might be
his next target, but he was so exhausted he just stared at me.
Then I wondered if he would topple to the ground...


My half-hour wait was rewarded with this marvelous sight.
He flew away, almost good as new.

All these pics were taken over 1/4-mile away, with a
hand-held Panasonic FZ-28 at 18X zoom (486mm),
on Intelligent Automatic (point-and-shoot).
Photographer Unknown


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29-Jun-2022