MAGGIE IS ATTACKED!

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The tide was running strong,so I was drifting fast.I had unknowingly drifted into another eagles territory. Eagles guard their territory like humans guard their properties. They can tell within a meter where their area boundary line is! I think they draw imaginary lines from one island to another?

Maggie came over to me & was greeted by the neighbouring eagle.The ruling eagle will usually fly in behind the interloper & escort it out of it’s territory.If the ruling eagle feels a stronger message needs to be sent, it will get closer.When this happens the interloper will usually invert to use it’s talons as weapons of defence. You can see Maggie inverting & being very vocal about it! Maggie was not injured in the encounter but was forced out of the ruling eagles territory!

I saw her partner “Moe” flying out to aid in her battle.He’s more the strong silent type. These territorial disputes are normally settled without injury.

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25 thoughts on “MAGGIE IS ATTACKED!

  1. I didn’t witness the whole thing shown in the photo, but I have seen Great Horned owl pairs in a mating ritual where one inverts in flight and the two fly together, one upright and the other upside down. This reminds me of that.

    • Yes,it does look the same.The talon joining is a ritual some birds of prey do during mating season. In this situation the talons are used to attack with.They would not join talons & spin but I have seen & heard of them crashing to the ground during these violent encounters!Once the talons are put into the other bird,they cannot retract them.Making flight impossible!

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