A crow and a 3rd year bald eagle. Guess the crow doesn't realize what a great hunter this eagle is!
That is so funny, great capture. Cheers, Dianne
Very cute Bits, how do you know its a 3 year old?
Thanks Dianne! There were a few crows squawking at the eagle, and this one was really being a pain. But lol, I couldn't really see the detail on of the eagle's face until I downloaded the photo. LOL: If looks could kill!
Thanks Cal! Eagles take about 5 years to mature to the white head and black body, but I kept wondering how people could say an eagle was a second year or third year and all. So I googled it when I got this shot, and came across this pdf that explains the stages and even has a great summary chart on page 3. And so I also know that the eagle on the post in this shot by Guy is a 4th year eagle!
Thanks geomancer and Guy! Guy - No way I'll have the regular opportunities you get, but gee, these things are starting to seem so common around here, I'm doing my best to give you a run for your money!
Na nA na you can't catch me
Great shot Bits and title. The eagle looks really confused.
This is super Bitsy! Here, the crows are always ragging on the eagles. There are a pair of eagles that live near our marina, and they often sit on top of the masts of the boats. The crows swoop and dive bomb them. The eagles are strong flyers, but they are not nearly as agile as the crows, and they just have to take it ... I've seen the boldest crows dive down and peck the eagle on the back. I saw them doing it again yesterday -- now that it's nesting season the crows are even more nasty. I should take a video next time.
Great "talking ;DDD
Stupid $#!&^%$ $#!#*&$%#!% % *^&@# #@!%$^ing eagle!!
Thanks Tery, Ritva and Nawitka and Ha-ha Guy : the rest of that sentence would be 'Where's my lunch?? Why haven't you caught any food for us to take from you yet? What good are you???' Because when the eagles get a catch, the crows are right there on the ice next to them, waiting for the scraps. Provided of course the crows aren't the meal. There's a story around that a huuuge hawk did in someone's little dog at a cemetery that's not too far away.....
And Thanks marbiz! I hit send too soon up there! I'm sure it's confused because the crows hang around with it when its on the ice. But I got lots of interesting shots of it glaring at the crow.
And funny link Nawitka! It's sure interesting how littler birds just love to harass the birds that are bigger than them. And YIKES this eagle is HUGE. I was completely surprised by it a few days later when I stopped at a spot a few miles down river to look at some swans sleeping on an ice floe. When I walked back to my car this enormous thing flew out of a tree maybe 15' over my head. Mind bogglingly huge. And I got to watch it fly around the river for a bit then perch on a tree right near the highway - a great shot to show people who think they're only wilderness birds...But believe it or not, that had been the first day in ages that I decided to leave my cameras at home!!! Never ever ever will I do that again!
I recently heard a story about how crows can recognize individual people. A guy who studied birds was able to determine that ones which he had caught and tagged remembered him, and seemed to be able to communicate to other crows that he was a "bad guy". Every time he would go in their area, first one crow, then more would start heckling him. I wonder if they do the same thing to the eagles. Fun shot, kamalyn.
Very funny shot, Bits, and it's great to read all the eagle stories on this picture. Couldn't you tell anything about the age of the crow? ;>)
It was an Old Crow :D
Though funny: I saw the eagle fly overhead this afternoon, trailed by about 10 crows harassing it.
Life is hard, being an eagle.
It's hard to soar with the eagles when you're getting yelled at by crows.
Thanks starman! It was cool to see.
LOLOL n1w! and I know I replied to your and Norrel's comments last week - looks like it went to comment never-never land, though, and now I have no idea what I said....:( Interesting thing about the birds recognizing people. What's funny about the crows harassing this eagle is that when she'd be down on the ice with food, they'd be right there being her buddies, waiting to be able to take some. Heard a funny story about the adult eagle being harassed by hawks as he flew over the lake yesterday. He finally got sick of it, rolled around in mid air and waved his talons at them...they got the message.
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