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KirkB wrote:
Ho Hum... I have a nice sequence of two Sparrows fighting over sunflower seeds in my backyard.

Great job tracking these guys Herb... those first 2 are terrific.

Kirk


Thanks for the picks Kirk



Nov 14, 2012 at 10:56 PM
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p.3 #2 · Bald Eagle Food Fight


Conrad Tan wrote:
Too cool for school


Thanks Conrad



Nov 16, 2012 at 12:48 PM
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Charlie Shugart wrote:
Wow! by a factor of 10X.
Herb, these are wonderful.
Among the several eagle "food-fight" images I've seen, those lethal talons never seem directed at the other birds- but only at the food (usually fish).
I suspect that on a subconscious level, birds of prey realize the damage that can be done by their talons, and because of some unconscious realization that hurting each other would ultimately be bad for the species, they avoid such contact when merely competing for food.
I don't mean this in a conscious anthropomorphic way- strictly in a subconscious "instinctive-behavior" way.
Charlie


Thanks for the comments Charlie. I've seen and photographed the eagles many times going after each other, even after the fish was dropped. Here's an example: the New York female banded S 04 ( locally known as Sophie) attacks another eagle with a fish. The eagle drops the fish, but Sophie still continues full steam to attack her competition. She has no concern for the fish. Many eagles get injuries from other eagles from fighting, i.e, missing feathers, eyes, etc.













Nov 16, 2012 at 12:57 PM
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Great action set Herb.
dan



Nov 16, 2012 at 06:18 PM
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Dennis M 1064 wrote:
Can't we all just get along?!?!?

Wow, that is amazing. Like Charlie said, it is interesting how they don't seem to attack each other or really fight. It is just a food grab tug-o-war.

Just drove through your area last Friday Herb. Hope you are recovering finally. I had forgotten to get the car topped off in Connecticut, and we had less than 30 miles left in the tank as we idled our way down through Princeton in traffic jams. Just barely made it to PA! Talk about being puckered up! Hope it gets worked out soon.


Hi Dennis, the eagles do not hold back like some people do think. I replied to Charlie with some photographic evidence.



Nov 22, 2012 at 01:04 PM
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dalite wrote:
Yup, I figured the younger guy would end up with the fish. Great sequence.


thanks



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acjd wrote:
Great action!


thanks



Nov 25, 2012 at 01:55 AM
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raymondjbarlow wrote:
Well done Herb, and thanks for the help, we had so so shooting, so poor weather, but a good experience.



Glad you could make it Ray



Nov 25, 2012 at 01:56 AM
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p.3 #9 · Bald Eagle Food Fight


Herb, you know how to do it.



Nov 25, 2012 at 03:16 AM
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danjacquitaylo wrote:
Great action set Herb.
dan


Hey dan, thanks a lot



Dec 08, 2012 at 01:04 AM
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joe65 wrote:
Herb, you know how to do it.


I appreciate the comment Joe



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