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Old 05-23-2019, 12:17 PM
 
Location: British Columbia ♥ 🍁 ♥
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I admire their patience too.

In this article from huffpo there is a slow motion video of that same eagle submitted by Biro (a well known and respected wildlife photographer). Watch as it glides low over the water trailing one wing tip along the surface of the water then it lands on a big rock to show off only a few feet away directly in front of a group of photographers.

https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/...b0547bd130bf88


And here are a few more of Steve Biro's other photographs, there's some he's won awards for.

https://www.google.ca/search?q=steve...w=1120&bih=583


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Old 05-23-2019, 01:23 PM
 
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Many thanks for starting this thread.
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Old 05-23-2019, 03:18 PM
 
Location: Southern Quebec
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A fantastic photo!

Eagles are wonderful birds...
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Old 05-23-2019, 04:39 PM
 
Location: Anchorage
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That eagle isn't hunting by the way, it's a common threat posturing flight the bird is taking to come directly straight in at the photographer as low as possible over the photographer's head without actually hitting him. It's checking him out and trying to frighten him away.

The eagles in Dutch Harbor, Alaska will go for a hit with their talons on the first fly by. I have a coworker with a scar on his head to prove it. And, he was far from the first person to come into the Dutch Harbor ER with a large gash from an eagle attack.
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Old 05-23-2019, 06:00 PM
 
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Gorgeous photo.
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Old 05-23-2019, 06:09 PM
 
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The eagles in Dutch Harbor, Alaska will go for a hit with their talons on the first fly by. I have a coworker with a scar on his head to prove it. And, he was far from the first person to come into the Dutch Harbor ER with a large gash from an eagle attack.

Yeah, I can sure believe that. Sounds like maybe some of the eagles in Dutch Harbor had some unpleasant experiences with humans in the past and now they have learned to have a hate on against humans in general. Those fellows are lucky if none of them has lost an eye or part of their scalp. I knew a commercial fishermen in Prince Rupert when I was a kid up there, he was also a poacher in his spare time who would trade in illicit parts, including eagle parts/feathers/talons. He had lost most of his scalp and an ear to an eagle fly-over. He said the eagle took off cackling gleefully with his scalp dangling from its talons and he figured the bird was one that remembered him from the past. I think they are rather like crows and ravens, they are really intelligent with very long memories and never forget an encroachment or injustice against them.

On a brighter note, the eagles around the whole Nanaimo region over on Vancouver Island have become so accustomed to so many tourists coming to photograph or video them that the older ones have learned to put on aerial shows for some of the tourists that they see carrying cameras. They seem to love to be proud show offs to humans with cameras when the fancy takes them and I think they can recognize that the tourists are appreciative with all their oohing and aahing and clapping and making such a fuss over them.

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Old 05-24-2019, 11:35 AM
 
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It's a beautiful photo!
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Old 05-24-2019, 01:20 PM
 
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On a brighter note, the eagles around the whole Nanaimo region over on Vancouver Island have become so accustomed to so many tourists coming to photograph or video them that the older ones have learned to put on aerial shows for some of the tourists that they see carrying cameras. They seem to love to be proud show offs to humans with cameras when the fancy takes them and I think they can recognize that the tourists are appreciative with all their oohing and aahing and clapping and making such a fuss over them.
That's even neater than the photo is!
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Old 05-25-2019, 08:55 AM
 
Location: Anchorage
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I think they are rather like crows and ravens, they are really intelligent with very long memories and never forget an encroachment or injustice against them.
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Eagles are smart and opportunistic. Back in the 90's I was working on Adak Island, one of the Aleutian Islands and west of Dutch Harbor, after the Navy pulled out. The compound were were working in had a serious rat problem. We had a bunch of rat traps sent out and I took on the job of rat control. Every morning I would have a few dead rats to deal with. Since I had lost a few traps that I believe were carried off by an eagle after a rat was caught in it, I decided to toss the carcasses onto the roof of a shipping container we used for storage.


The rat carcasses tossed on the roof would be gone by mid day. After a while, I noticed one or more eagles sitting on nearby power poles when I did my morning rat trap check. They would scoop the rats off the roof as soon as I tossed them up there. Eventually, it got to where I could have a rat in my hand, look at one of the eagles and nod my head. The eagle would launch off the pole and I would toss the rat into the air and the eagle would snatch it mid-air above my head. That was very fun and having those guys fly right over you was very impressive. They are big birds.
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Old 05-25-2019, 11:23 AM
 
Location: British Columbia ♥ 🍁 ♥
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That's a great story Northrick. I bet those eagles on your rat patrol were really quick to pick up cues from you - a simple eye contact and nod of the head and they knew exactly what you meant by that. And you became their good buddy for life.
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