H/T to WilsonPD
Lucky Guy with a good camera. This is awesome – read under each picture!
|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 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 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.)
A terrible miscalculation! The luckiest shot of my life catches
this 100 mph 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.
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!
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.
My half-hour wait was rewarded with this marvelous sight.
He flew away, almost good as new.. May America recover as well.
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