Kate was attacked by a 3 year old bald eagle at the nest as she was trying to deliver a fish to her chicks
story and video are at youtu.be/L-1FbdiI94Q
NOTE: the wind was howling and so the video has shake and noise – sorry about that
I hope you get to see at least the opening 2 minutes: I have never seen Kate flying so fast
the first photo is soft because the attack occurred as I was setting up my equipment and I took the shot in a hurry
the immature eagle was below my shot
the second photo is of Kate streaking after the immature eagle – they were traveling so fast I caught Kate partially blurred and missed the 3 year old
note that Kate is still holding the fish in her talons
you can see the chicks in the nest to the far lower left
No stills today; I am behind on my videos and trying to catch up! I’ll get back to the photos as soon as I can!! Hope you enjoy the videos.
In the first video, Wynd has found a piece of fish and in trying to hold it down to work on it, she gets it stuck to her talon. Takes a while to work it out. http://youtu.be/l_Y59hFi8Uc
In the second video, Ice picks up a stick and pokes at Wynd with it. Then Ice tries to place it in its proper place – as if practicing for when he is grown-up. Wynd annoys him with her wing wapping. http://youtu.be/wzYG67FNDQQ
Ice watches Petruchio leave the nest in a hurry while on the left Wynd continues to feed herself
VIDEO of the feeding and the father’s exit at http://youtu.be/zDk6YbIH1XY
there is a SLIDE show of the photographed sequence at http://youtu.be/fkGr5Vf1Hx4
I heard Kate’s angry scream as I stepped from my truck and I grabbed my camera and ran for the bluff.
Kate was being bounced by the gusty wind as if she were a wee chickadee and she was angry.
I didn’t stop to put the camera on the tripod – I just photographed Kate’s struggle.
Kate finally made it to the nest only to be met by Wynd on the left and Ice on the right.
Both of whom end up under her and Kate drops the fish and bails out to the left.
Wynd is to the left. Petruchio is in the middle, feeding Wynd.
Ice is to the far right – and his expression tells you just how hungry he is
VIDEO is at http://youtu.be/zHB7_OYLtbY
osprey double-dip this morning
another long, soft shot but too much fun to not post