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Osprey will sit back and just watch you while you fish and suddenly swoop in to steal the fish jerking on your line. I've fought those thieves in mid-air battle trying to take my trout.

Very cool, Valsdad.

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Saw a few eagles terrorizing migrating cranes in November. Couldn't figure out why 2 cranes were flying tight circles way up, seperated from their flock. 2 eagles had them scared $hitless. Finally they made a break and the eagles followed. I think the eagles were just showing their air superiority.

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We had one in East Texas hanging out off and on by the pond the last couple of years. The big blue cats in the pond will have pink scarring on their heads when spawning. When the eagle is around several will look like they were on the wrong end of a straight razor fight. I’m sure he catches his share.


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We have seen them take fish from the neighbors pond next to my cousins.

Pisses the old farmer off.


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Suprising the number of eagles you see here might not see one everyday but 4-5times a week in the winter

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Originally Posted by Dutch
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You can have mine.... was watching the osprey harass the eagle this morning. You can have the osprey, too, no charge..........


laugh laugh

I know where that's comin' from.

I don't have a fish pond, or I'd be thinkin' like you. wink


It goes both ways. When I was still stocking private ponds, had a guy that bought a load every year. His joy in life was watching the osprey catch the trout from the pond in front of his house.

Takes all kinds. But the money was green. Needless to say, not a local wink.



I can bet they're not popular in the Hagerman and other areas near there.


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Originally Posted by NVhntr
Nice shot Geno!
I get a hawk in the yard on occasion. They love to hit the collard doves under the bird feeder. Makes a good show when he hits them in mid air and the feathers fly.

Yeah, we have a few marsh hawks (Northern harriers), and Cooper's come through on the migration that like to go after "my" quail and the dang doves. First I've seen the eagle hunting here though.

Guess I can't be outside ALL day!


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We have resident bald eagles here, and it is not unusual to see them on deer and elk carcasses along the highways.
The Ospreys are gone for the winter so the Eagles have the rivers to themselves this time of year.

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Originally Posted by KenMi
Saw a few eagles terrorizing migrating cranes in November. Couldn't figure out why 2 cranes were flying tight circles way up, seperated from their flock. 2 eagles had them scared $hitless. Finally they made a break and the eagles followed. I think the eagles were just showing their air superiority.


I have never seen it but I have read that a common tactic for birds to escape faster-flying falcons is to climb in a tight circle. Gulls eluding even peregrine falcons this way.

The raptors, being raptors, tend to have a heavier wing loading and many birds can exceed them in a spiraling rate of climb contest, presuming the chase begins where the falcon has no initial height advantage.

When peregrines and merlins do this to regular songbirds the songbird may tire or lose it’s nerve and attempt to dive back down with fatal results


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Originally Posted by Beaver10
Sonsabitching Bald Eagles!

I shot a double on teal yesterday morning. Both ducks feet up. We had a bald eagle 🦅 hanging in a Douglas Fir across from us all morning, watching, making runs over any ducks we downed.

I’m wading out to grab the first teal closet to shore, eagle takes that as a his cue to “get him some food” it swoops in, wings open, swept back, both legs stretched out with them big yellow footed claws and rakes my second teal into his clutches.

Fly’s back to his tree and devours my bird.

What an ass-hole. 🖕🏾

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One of the new IRS employees I guess...


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Screenshot Big Bear Bald Eagle cam Jan 21'

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Eagles are a major nuisance along some coastal regions but they provide for easy photo opportunities.

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Forgot to mention, Wed past I had an appointment over the hill. 4 hr drive there.

4 eagle day, Baldy in a tree, two on a carcass alongside the road. And a golden near the house on a power pole.

Couple of turkeys up near Lake of the Woods too. In the pines with a good amount of snow on the ground.


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I.ve seen em swoop down and yank squirrels right outta the bean fields. Fish right outta the lake, one time was a pretty nice one.

They fly up to a tall tree and start eating, nothing to it. LOL


I would have got him too but a Dad Blam snow flake hit me in da eye....
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Originally Posted by jaguartx
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I do miss seeing so many of them on the refuges over there.

Nice shot.


Coulda been a nice ....uh, never mind.

Hide your ducks, dogs, chickens, geese, cats.....

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Originally Posted by Beaver10
Sonsabitching Bald Eagles!

I shot a double on teal yesterday morning. Both ducks feet up. We had a bald eagle 🦅 hanging in a Douglas Fir across from us all morning, watching, making runs over any ducks we downed.

I’m wading out to grab the first teal closet to shore, eagle takes that as a his cue to “get him some food” it swoops in, wings open, swept back, both legs stretched out with them big yellow footed claws and rakes my second teal into his clutches.

Fly’s back to his tree and devours my bird.

What an ass-hole. 🖕🏾

🦫

I’ve had this happen.
I’d be pissed about a teal too!
Bluebills; not so much. Pretty damn cool to watch.

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