Here's a once-in-a-lifetime event captured on film...
The fellow sitting on the tailgate of his pickup truck never realized the show he was missing.
The little duck watches as the Eagle speeds straight at him at about 40 mph.
With perfect timing,
the duck always 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.
I (unknown source) worried the poor duck would 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
the water after him!
After several minutes
the Eagles got frustrated and began to attack each other. They soon began
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.)
miscalculation! The luckiest shot of my life catches this 100 mph head-on
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.
It's sad to watch an
Eagle drown. He wiggled, flapped and struggled mostly underwater. He
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
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.
My half-hour wait was rewarded with this marvelous sight. He flew away, almost good as new.
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