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Not On My Watch!

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Trish Shields
by Trish Shields from Courtenay, CA on 12 May 2018
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I caught an eagle attacking a Great Blue Heron's nest last month. Lucky me, I happened to be in the right place at the right time, even though my settings were not quite what they could/should have been.

  • Camera: DMC-FZ1000
  • Focal: 146 mm
  • Shutter speed: 0.003125 sec
  • Aperture: f/ 8
tagged: bald eagle great blue heron courtenay bc canada

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chris1 posted 2018-05-14 10:17pm

Nature can be brutal. Everything needs to eat, survival can be tough. This morning I saw two Ravens going after a Canada goose and her last chick. She fought bravely, but was outnumbered. The day before one of those same ravens was chasing away a juvenile bald eagle from their nest.

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Trish Shields
Trish Shields posted 2018-05-13 1:14am

Eagles are a very specialized bird. They rely on their eyes and talons to survive so avoiding injury is paramount. The eagle that attacked the nest wasn't expecting the heron's reaction, I don't think. It stood its ground and the eagle flew off. I thought initially that the eagle had pierced the heron eggs in th nest but once I looked at the sequence I saw that either it didn't have enough time or there were no eggs in the nest. Both birds are such interesting creatures to watch and learn from. Glad you liked the photo.

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Jeff Aelick posted 2018-05-12 6:27pm

you got a good one so how one The hereon

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