The Eagles and the Duck
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
With perfect timing, the duck always dove and escaped with a mighty splash!
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 another day.
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
My half-hour wait was rewarded with this marvelous sight. He flew away,
almost good as new ... may America recover as well.