I’ve read that Bald Eagles sometimes hunt cooperatively, with one bird flushing prey out for the other to catch. But the other day I witnessed two Bald Eagles conspiring to steal. At Central Winds Park I saw two Bald Eagles. One was perched on a pole, and the other in a tree. I found this very odd, since they were very close to people, and I’ve never seen eagles perched there before. I decided to stop my car and get some photos. Then the one in the tree flew to the left and landed on another branch. It was clearly trying to spy something it found interesting. Then both eagles flew almost simultaneously, and I saw an Osprey with fish begin to fly away with both eagles attempting to converge on it. I didn’t get to see the “exchange,” but I don’t think the Osprey had much chance of keeping that fish.
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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