2012 - Decorah Eagles - Creation's Expressions Photography

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Great story around this not so great photo. A parent had flown onto this limb with some sort of prey. This youngster came in and stole it from the parent and in this photo is mantling over the food. That is what they do to keep the food from being stolen by another eagle. It was also screeing at the parent. This went on for some time before it finally started to try to eat what it had absconded with. It was some sort of water fowl. They're just learning how to eat while sitting in the trees and this one nearly dropped its meal. At one point it was holding onto the foot, while the rest of it dangled from the tree. It was quite a show.

Great story around this not so great photo. A parent had flown onto this limb with some sort of prey. This youngster came in and stole it from the parent and in this photo is mantling over the food. That is what they do to keep the food from being stolen by another eagle. It was also screeing at the parent. This went on for some time before it finally started to try to eat what it had absconded with. It was some sort of water fowl. They're just learning how to eat while sitting in the trees and this one nearly dropped its meal. At one point it was holding onto the foot, while the rest of it dangled from the tree. It was quite a show.

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