Bald Eagle Attacking an Osprey

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It was perhaps the most thrilling second of birding of my life. Several times over the last couple years I’ve seen Bald Eagles harass Ospreys when they have a fish. The is just minding it’s own business eating its fish when an eagle attacks in an attempt to bully the fish away from the .

Chasing Osprey

Every time I’ve seen this, I only see part of the chase, and the altercation happens above the trees so I don’t get a chance to see the most thrilling part. This morning I happened to be in the right place at the right time and was able to see it all go down as they were flying low over . The whole thing lasted about 10 seconds, I would guess.

But at one point the eagle was able to get extremely close to the Osprey, and it extended its claws in an attempt to bully the Osprey into giving up its fish. The Osprey banked hard to the left and narrowly escaped, but I don’t really know how. Just after the end of this series of photographs, the Osprey dropped the fish into the water and the eagle left it alone.

Just so you can appreciate how fast this all happened, my camera shoots 8 frames per second. These are all successive frames shown sequentially, and the time stamp shows that all of these photos were taken during the exact same second. Wow. I’m nature sometimes happens fast.

Bald Eagle Getting Dangerously Close

Bald Eagle with Talons Out

Missed

The Eagle Didn’t Make the Turn

The Osprey is apparently safe, but still dropped the fish

Here’s a shot of the Osprey after he dropped the fish into the water. I guess he figured, “If I can’t have it, neither can you.” This shot was taken about 10 seconds after the altercation.

Osprey

Scott Simmons

Scott Simmons

, based in Florida, is a lover of nature, landscape, and wildlife photography. Scott became interested in photography in 2001 when he was given his first SLR camera. When he acquired a telephoto lens, he became progressively more interested in birds and other wildlife. Scott enjoys learning about bird habitats and behavior, striving always to take images that are both beautiful and interpretive. Scott believes photography is a great vehicle to help others to appreciate the wonder for the stuff of earth.

Scott Simmons

Scott Simmons

Scott Simmons, based in Florida, is a lover of nature, landscape, and wildlife photography. Scott became interested in photography in 2001 when he was given his first SLR camera. When he acquired a telephoto lens, he became progressively more interested in birds and other wildlife. Scott enjoys learning about bird habitats and behavior, striving always to take images that are both beautiful and interpretive. Scott believes photography is a great vehicle to help others to appreciate the wonder for the stuff of earth.

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Noushka Wildlife

Scott, this is superb!
And I bet the adrenaline was 100 times what we can imagine just by looking at these gorgeous pics!
Wish I was there! LOL!

Jefferson Silva

Amazing moment and pictures.

Jefferson Silva

Amazing moment and pictures

Cat Vincent
Cat Vincent

Fab series of pictures!!