Sunday, January 15, 2012

Battle of the Birds on Plum Island

1. bald eagle-kab Bald Eagle on Plum Island 1-10-12
Last week when I was on Plum Island one of the first birds I saw was this Bald Eagle perched on this pole along the Parker River by parking lot one. As I stood at the edge of the road taking pictures I watched a bird battle unfold before my eyes. Two great black-backed gulls started to harass the eagle along with some crows. Following is the series of photos I took. Scroll down to see who wins!
2. eagle n crow-kab
3. battle is on-kab
4. harrasing-kab Mobbing!
5. mobbing-kab Ambush!
6. chasing-kab
7. pack attack-kab Eagle, Crow, and Gull
8. stack attack-kab Bird stack!
9. gull n eagle-kab The eagle flies
10. the crows laugh-kab The crows laugh
11. the eagle comes back-kab The eagle comes back…but so do the gulls!
12. relaxing-kab The eagle thinks,
13. flying-kab the eagle flies,
14. chase again-kab the gulls give chase…
15. great black backed gull-kab The gull claims the throne!

20 comments:

  1. Wonderful series, Kathie! I am surprised the eagle gives up so easily. Those gulls could be dinner. Have a happy Sunday!

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  2. An epic story with great visual effects Kathie.{:)

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  3. wow...great shots!!

    the eagle does look a little ruffled when he returned to the post...

    i've seen crows chase the red shouldered hawks here...across the street...through the field...and beyond!

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  4. What a great series! That's some excitement!

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  5. Wonderful show-and-tell sequence, Kathie. Love your images!

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  6. Nice sequence and play-by-play commentary.

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  7. Very epic struggle! I'l often a bit disappointed by how quickly raptors give up their meals/territory to lesser competitors. Maybe they just have more to lose from a fight.
    Great series, thanks for posting.

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  8. Awesome series- gotta love a good battle scene in nature!

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  9. What a great show! I always chuckle when I see smaller birds harassing the larger. Ultimately, that gull just wanted the throne.

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  10. Great post! I really like the "bird stack" shot!

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  11. Hi Katie...lol love this one...what O would give to get close enough to have a shot of the Eagle ..they are always way out of my field of range....love the ending shot ..great post!!
    Grace
    PS: 3 Bluebirds at the feeding station this morning ..2 degrees above..they do eat the suet I hope they will do well..I may ship them to you! : }

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  12. Whoa! What a show! That Bird Stack photo is especially phenomenal. Lucky you to have caught it all.

    Happy New Year to you!

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  13. Hi Kathie. A super action series .... and I wasn't surprised at the outcome! Have a great week .. FAB.

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  14. very neat series Kathie. Must have been fun to watch.

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  15. Stunning photos of the most beautiful of all:)

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  16. Great sequence!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  17. Beautiful bird scenes. I'm always thrilled to see eagle captures.

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  18. Great series of shots! You must have been shooting rapid fire to catch all of the action! :) thanks for sharing

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  19. Wow wow and more wow! Beautiful.

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Welcome to my nest! I hope you will enjoy spending time here with me and the birds. Thank you for your comments. I will try to get back to you as soon as I get back from counting more birds.