Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Battle of the raptors over South Puget Sound

I saw the battle of eagle versus osprey Friday. I had heard about them doing this, but I finally saw it at our cabin on the Key Peninsula facing Case Inlet. Ospreys fish by diving from high up to into the water. I's spectacular. The osprey dove from at least 50 feet up, might have been 100, into the water. When its wings came out of the water it started flying, carrying something. Immediately a bald eagle was after him. Chase, turn, chase turn, chase turn! The eagle gave up after 3 or 4 turns and the osprey kept his prey. I doubt the eagle was sitting in the trees 5 houses down. I am sure he was following the osprey, flying over the trees behind our places, ready to pounce. The photos are from Everett where ospreys nest on pilings set in the water, where they are visible to and approachable by boaters. From Everett Herald newspaper.

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