Here's a once-in-a-lifetime event captured on film...
The fellow sitting on the tailgate of his pickup
truck never realized the show he was missing.
The little duck watches as the Eagle speeds
straight at him at about 40 mph.
With perfect timing, the duck always dove and escaped with a
Then he'd pop to the surface as soon as the Eagle flew past. This
was repeated over and over
For several minutes. I worried the poor duck would tire and that
would be the end of him.
A second Eagle joins the attack! The duck kept diving "just in
time", so the Eagles began to dive into the water after him!
After several minutes the Eagles got frustrated and began to
attack each other. They soon began to dive vertically, level out, and
attack head-on in a good old-fashioned game of high-speed "Chicken".
Sometimes they banked away from each other at the last possible
second. Other times they'd climb vertically and tear into each other
while falling back toward the water.
(The duck catches his breath at
the right side of this picture.)
A terrible miscalculation! The luckiest shot of my life catches
this 100 mph head-on collision between two Bald Eagles.
One Eagle stayed aloft and flew away, but the other lies
motionless in a crumpled heap. The lucky duck survived to live
It's sad to watch an Eagle drown. He wiggled, flapped and
struggled mostly underwater. He finally got his head above water and
with great difficulty managed to get airborne. To my astonishment,
he flew straight toward me, and it was the most wretched and
unstable bird flight I've ever seen!
The bedraggled Eagle circled me once - then lit atop a nearby fir
tree. He had a six-foot wingspread and looked mighty angry. I was
concerned that I might be his next target, but he was so exhausted
he just stared at me. Then I wondered if he would topple to the
ground. As he tried to dry his feathers, it seemed to me that this
beleaguered Eagle symbolized America in its current trials.
My half-hour wait was rewarded with this marvelous sight. He flew
away, almost as good as new.
May America recover as well..
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