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terrific images! i've never seen a heron and an eagle going at it... the only reason an eagle would go after a heron is to steal a fish. the eagle would certainly not view the heron as food. and while the eagle's talons are fearsome, anyone who's watched a heron strike like a snake with that needle beak knows it could do a lot of damage to the eagle, and very quickly at that!
Indeed Rocky. The eagles here prey on smaller herons in the nest quite regularly, sometimes wiping out a whole years birds. The funny thing about that is the parents just fly away and let it happen! Thanks for the thoughts and nice words.