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    Default Eagle wars! Fabulous pictures.

    A friend sent me this. Amazing shots! Captions at bottom of each photo.

    Eagle War

    Aerial Combat over Lake Tapps, WAR between two Eagles

    The talented photographer and first person narrator in this story is Gary Wheeler of Lake Tapps, WA.

    I was walking along the shore of Lake Tapps on Monday, and noticed a big commotion a little more than 1/4-mile away (as measured later By Google Earth). I saw a Bald Eagle circling and repeatedly diving on what I thought must be a school of fish. Soon he was joined byAnother 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 WWIII in the air!





    The fellow sitting on the tailgate of his pickup truck never realized the show he was missing.
    (620 mm effective Focal Length)

    The little duck watches as the Eagle speeds straight at him at about 40 mph.
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    With perfect timing, the duck always dove and escaped with as mighty splash! Then he'd pop to the surface as soon as he Eagle flew past. This was repeated over and over for several minutes. I worried the poor duck would tire and that would be the end of him.
    (1,040 mm effective Focal Length)

    A second Eagle joins the attack!The duck kept diving "just in time", so the Eagles began to dive into the water after him!
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    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.)
    (900 mm effective Focal Length)

    A terrible miscalculation! The luckiest shot of my life catches this 100 mph head-on collision between two Bald Eagles.
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    One Eagle stayed aloft and flew away, but the other lies motionless in a crumpled heap. The lucky duck survived to live another day.
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    It's sad to watch an Eagle drown. He 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!
    (620 mm effective Focal Length)

    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. As he tried to dry his feathers, it seemed to me that this beleaguered Eagle symbolized America in its current trials.
    (1,200 mm effective Focal Length)

    My half-hour wait was rewarded with this marvelous sight. He flew away, almost good as new.
    May America recover as well.
    (1,400 mm effective Focal Length)




    **Copywritten Photos and Narration by Gary Wheeler, Lake Tapps, WA**
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    Wow! Those were beautiful photos! Many thanks for sharing them bliss!!!

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    Those are great photos, would have loved to seen it action.

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    WOW!! Awesome pics!!!! When that eagle was laying in the water, I was waiting for the little duck to pop up and say "neener neener... now YOU are MY dinner!!!!!" What an awesome play by play...and what an ass kickin camera that must be!!!! Such great shots!! Thank you for posting!!

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    Great Pictures Bliss. Thanks for posting! I don't know where Lake Tapps is, but I have seen Bald Eagles on Lake Sam Rayburn and Lake Fork.

    Thanks again for sharing!! The pictures are Awesome!!
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    We have alot hawks here more than eagles scooping up little critters. Water birds like herons, egrets and kingfishers mostly do waterwork fishing and leave the ducks and geese alone.

    Lake Tapps is in Washington state. I often watch live feeds of eagle nests in Washington and Canada. Fascinating watching how they care for their young and the sibling wars that go on.

    I thought the same thing, Dar. Neener neener instead of quack quack ROFL! Maybe even a bite on that eagle's tush. That was one very lucky ducky!! Glad to see the bedraggled eagle was okay. That duck better duck and cover now!



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    bliss, those are some great pics! thanks for sharing!

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    I'd like to thank Gary Wheeler for the photos he took! Awesome pics Gary!!!! Amazing!!!

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