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Old Dec 16, 2013, 11:01 AM   #1
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Default Panic on the pond...Eagles are coming.

It was a beautiful cold, calm morning to capture pictures of the ducks and geese resting on the refuge pond. Then all of a sudden several thousands of birds were startled to flight. That meant only one thing, eagles were approaching. Sure enough there were two juvenile and two adult eagles. One of the juvenile eagles was practicing its hunting technique. After scarring up all the birds it swooped down and plucked a dead duck from the water. The dead bird was probably a victim of hunters.

All of these shots were taken at distance. Probably a good 2-300 yards out.

The alert.
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Old Dec 16, 2013, 11:03 AM   #2
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The panic continues. Those of us on the platform were searching for the eagle at this point.
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Then we saw the eagle. It was a large, probably female, juvenile.
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She was checking out the pond looking for opportunity.
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She had her eyes on the prize and was making her run.
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After she picked up the duck she flew it to the far end of the pond (about 6-700 yards away) were she proceeded to try and eat the catch. Unfortunately, she had to contend with the other three eagles and the two adults confiscated her catch.
Not the best shot but it was more for documentation than anything else.
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G'day Steve

You might call it 'documentation' - I can it 'great stuff mate'
The 3 images with the eagle cavorting around are excellent

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Nice captures, Steve! I only saw one Bald Eagle when I was there 2 weeks ago. Now you captured 4 in one picture! Precious!
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Great images and a great story.

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Great shots of the panic in the pond. Nice to see those pics of all those duck flocks 'scrambling'.

I read an article from the UK about a Northern Pike and it's effect on the other fish in a pond. Believe it was entitled ...'Murder in the Millpond'...
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