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 Post subject: 3-8-2012 9:05am incident
PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2012 4:14 pm 
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As many of you know there was another intruder at the nest at around 9am and I happened to be there while it unfolded. The unknown Eagle flew straight into to the nest from the Friendship Pond area while the male was perched in the current nest tree. I saw the Eagle flying at tree top level but because of all the branches in the way I couldn't see what actually happened once it reached the nest. I'm assuming it landed in the nest tree and the male lept from the branch he was perched on and landed on top of the intruder Eagle then both fell out of the nest tree. This is when I caught sight of them falling to the ground. They eventually flew separate ways once they were about 15' above the ground. I thought at first they had locked talons but from my images it seems the male just attacked the Eagle from above....he is the upper Eagle in this image I managed to capture. The male circled the court then landed in the 2004 nest tree and watched the intruder Eagle circle NATO Pond then leave towards the backside of the gardens not be seen the rest of the morning.

Here is an in-flight of the unknown Eagle that flew into the nest this morning at 9am.

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Both Eagles appeared to be un-injured after the incident. ;)

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This is what I thought I was gonna see... Amazing you were able to capture this. You are correct the male lept from the love branch past nest onto eagle who tumbled backwards from nest on the side closest to the camera.


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wow! sure glad they weren't hurt, freefalling through the branches like that. And glad you were there and managed to catch it on camera!


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Great captures Duane! Thinking fast on your feet.


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Good work!


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"Spray & Pray" kind of moment!!

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SUPER catch!

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2012 8:03 pm 
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WOW! Amazing shot, Duane!

I'll bet your heart was doing little palpitations!! :mrgreen: :ugeek:

I AM CPR certified . . . I can officially jolt you back into existence again next time it happens :lol:

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Awesome catch!


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Holy Cow! Heart Stopping!

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WOW..what an awesome catch and we're so lucky you were there. I missed the whole thing because I wasn't home and what a shock to find out that there had been another incident an hour after the first one. Sure hope this ends soon but doesn't look like it will. Thanks again Duane

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These shots are why we love the photographers that stand by day in and day out watching what we can't see from the cam......just incredible...thanks Duane.

Those gnarly feet sure look like the same bird Cary shot yesterday.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2012 10:42 pm 
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Duane,

I don't normally post here but your capture of this part of nature is fantastic! Thanks!


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What a capture....talons and beaks flying! Super!


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Duane, glad you were able to catch the action! Amazing photo!! I am so glad our Dad was not hurt and the other wasn't hurt either. Hope she/he leaves the area now - so that Dad and his Lady can get busy having that family!! Thanks for shaing with us Duane.

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P.S. - glad you are feeling much better now too. :D

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