Bald eagles fish fight
Talk about a feeding frenzy! This fish supper was fought over by FOUR eagles!
Sometimes fishing for your own meal is too much effort, or at least that’s what these lazy eagles thought when they decided to swipe their rival’s catch of the day!
The challenger successfully forced his opponent to drop his fish before it was swiped by ANOTHER eagle, a cheeky juvenile who saw a chance for an easy meal.
But the fish frenzy didn’t end there- the juvenile couldn’t hold on to the fish when challenged by an adult eagle, who ended up with the fish supper in the end.
Professional photographer Eric Esterle, 39, captured all of the action on camera. Eric has been photographing bald eagles for ten years, and has mastered getting the best shots of them in the wild.
Eric, who is originally from Ohio but now lives in Maryland, captured these images at a small lake in Columbia, Maryland, USA in January.
He said: “The fight for the fish started out between two adult bald eagles, when one picked up a fish from the water and was immediately chased and challenged by the other eagle forcing the drop.
“Next, the juvenile bald eagle had the audacity to pick up the fish who was then challenged by one of the adult bald eagles, but this time the adult eagle was able to catch the fish mid-air after forcing the juvenile to release it.
“A bald eagle’s actions are, for the most part, reactionary and opportunistic. When eagles fish and there are other eagles around, an eagle will usually challenge the other for their catch.
“Capturing action and aerial events such as this and simply being there to see it is such a rush!!
“It is amazing to see behaviour like this and truly is a special thing. Anything I can do to connect with nature and take a break from the mass congestion of people is a success.
“I’ve been photographing bald eagles for almost a decade now and watching and learning their behaviour is extremely helpful in best posturing yourself to successfully photograph interesting action.
“Some days, I’ll sit for hours and other days events like this will immediately happen. There is no clock the eagles live by and their actions are reactionary and opportunistic.
“The thing I love the most about images such as this are the opportunities for education and to tell the story of a previously endangered species.
“If we can get more people to respect nature and wildlife, I think there would be more of an awareness our actions and decisions have on wildlife. Images like these create an opportunity to teach so we can become better stewards of our natural world.”