Today, Dec. 29, 2014, I witnessed a little family skirmish between an immature Bald Eagle and its two parents. Now I could easily be wrong and it’s always possible that the mature eagles aren’t even related to the youngster–but it makes for a good story! Today’s image is just one of a series I took of this interaction and the young one gets the short end of the stick.
The mature eagle (on the left side of the photo) had landed on the grass. After a few minutes the immature flew in as if to ‘attack’ the older eagle. The two began jumping and wrestling around. It wasn’t long and another mature eagle flew in and showed the youngster who is boss. More images on that later!
UPDATE: Nov. 6, 2015 – this image won 2nd place in the 2015 Ridgefield NWR Photo Contest.
Canon 5D Mark III, 1/1250, f4, ISO 1600, 500mm, 9:25 a.m.