Eagle Stealing Great Blue Heron’s Catch

Although I wouldn't expect Mary to sit through hours of birding at Big Beef Creek, I returned right after she left because I wasn’t satisfied with the pictures I had taken on my earlier visit. Photoshopping can never take the place of sunshine.

I was much happier with pictures taken on the second attempt, though I didn’t think the action was as exciting as on the previous visit. I particularly liked this sequence showing an immature Bald Eagle stealing a fish from a Great Blue Heron.

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Apparently the Great Blue Heron have learned to drop a fish right in front of them when an eagle approaches. I missed that part of the sequence but caught it just as the eagle was about to grab the fish.

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The heron certainly wasn’t about to give up its catch without a fuss.

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It even seemed to lunge at the immature eagle,

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but the Eagle hardly looked back

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before taking off with the fish.

EgleAtck6 Temporarily defeated, the heron immediately went back to trying to catch another fish.

What do you think?