The bald eagle is a symbol of America, powerful, graceful and fearsome. However, quite aptly one could say, it is also known as a master thief, quite happy to steal food from others whenever the opportunity arises. “It was a very unique experience. I’ve seen bald eagles steal food from crows, great blue herons and other eagles. I’ve never seen an act of theft like that. But I’ve been a nature photographer for nearly 20 years, I believe every animal has a story to tell.” photographer Kevin Ebi, who took these amazing photo told.
And here is a story the eagle, fox and rabbit turned out to be!
“Eagles really don’t like to waste a lot of effort in getting their food, so they look for easy opportunities,” Kevin told.
“A couple of days ago, I captured an especially dramatic act of thievery. I saw a bald eagle steal a rabbit from a young red fox”
“Even more impressive: at times, this battle played out more than 20 feet in the air”
“A red fox caught a rabbit and was carrying it across the meadow. I panned my camera with it to capture the action”
“A red fox caught a rabbit and was carrying it across the meadow,” he said. “I panned my camera with it to capture the action. Then behind me, I heard the cry of a bald eagle. I turned around and saw it approaching fast. I knew it wanted the rabbit. I intently trained my camera on the fox bracing for a split second of action.”
“To my surprise, the scene was even more dramatic than I expected! The eagle lifted the young fox and rabbit into the sky triggering an even more dramatic struggle.”
“I thought the fox would drop the rabbit, giving the eagle an easy dinner”
“Instead, the fox, with its jaw still clenched on the rabbit, inadvertently got snagged by the bald eagle”
“The eagle lifted the young fox and rabbit into the sky triggering an even more dramatic struggle”
The entire airborne battle lasted around 8 seconds, bringing a whole new meaning to the term ‘flying fox’
The fox was fine after its flight. “It shook off the encounter and resumed playing with its fellow kits”
“I took several pictures of it after the ordeal and couldn’t find a single scratch”
Source: Living Wilderness