Apr 29-10

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2010: April: Apr 29-10
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Photos by Steve Erbisch
...and waiting    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Steve Erbisch
Guarding dinner    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Steve Erbisch
The fight begins    ...scroll down to share comments
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And ends in the water    ...scroll down to share comments
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Photos by Steve Erbisch

Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 04:39 am:

Here at Pasty Central, we were pretty excited when these photos crossed our desk... quite a dramatic display captured by Steve Erbisch. Here's a play-by-play description from Steve, as the skirmish unfolds:

I happened to look out my front window and saw these 2 eagles sitting on the shore. I grabbed my camera and took these pictures. The golden was eating something, probably a fish that had washed up on the shore, and the bald was watching, hoping for leftovers. Then the bald eagle attacked the golden with both ending up in the lake. The golden, knowing it had been bested, flew away with it's proverbial tail between it's legs. The bald then picked up the scrap of food and flew away. This was something you hear other people talk about seeing but the chances of seeing it played out in front of your own eyes is slim to none. I feel honored to have witnessed such a thing.
In a follow up note, Steve added that he believes both the birds are bald eagles, with the brown one actually an immature bald, not a golden eagle. No matter what species of eagle it is, these photos are definitely something to see. Thanks for sharing them with us, Steve.
Donna (Donna) on Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 06:50 am:

HOLY WHA MAN......that is beyond awesome! WOWOWOWOW....what a photo op, and what a blessing to be able to witness that! PHENOMENAL pictures! Thank you for sharing!

By Diana P. (Diana) on Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 07:02 am:

Fantastic photos! That guarding action of the immature bald eagle reminds me of "Tiny" from the Sidney BC eagle nest last year, to which someone from this site was kind enough to supply a link. I imagine that the screaching of the immature eagle could be heard, too ... could it possibly be?

By Theresa R. Brunk (Trb0013) on Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 07:15 am:

The intense look in the Mature Bald's eye in the first 3 pictures sure does give you the impression that it is a 'I will have that food' 'I will conquer' glare. Beautiful photo's.. Thanks

By maija in Commerce Township (Maija) on Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 07:29 am:

absolutely awesome

By Janie T. (Bobbysgirl) on Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 07:33 am:

We see Eagle, Hawks, Vultures, etc. rivals for a pork menu all the time when you drive past hog farms...it isn't completely manure that goes out through the manure spreader.

By Alex "UP-Goldwinger" (Alex) on Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 08:31 am:

Excellent...way to go, Steve!

By Brooke (Lovethekeweenaw) on Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 08:32 am:

Looks like its a bird week. Wow! I think I will take this to recommend a book Santa got my son for Christmas this year since he loves birds. Its called "Wild About Michigan Birds" by Adele Porter. There are fantastic pictures of the birds and information about their habitats, migration and fun facts that appeal to kids (and adults). Santa got it at Book World in Downtown Houghton but I imagine its available in most bookstores statewide.

By Shirley Waggoner (Shirlohio) on Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 09:03 am:

OH MY, what natural beauty! Thank you, thank you, Steve!

By Phil Kuusisto (Pkuusisto) on Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 10:02 am:

Cool pictures. If you are interested in seeing a live bald eagle's nest, check out this web site. I think it is BC. Sometimes both Mama and Dad are there and there is one baby.

By Frederic W. Koski (Fred) on Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 10:29 am:

Great capture! Must have been thrilling to see!

By mickill mouse (Ram4) on Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 10:30 am:

The 'immature' eagle looks like what we saw at Calumet Waterworks sitting in a tree right at the little fence, where you had to climb up and down at one time, and it sat there for a long time.

When you come from downstate it is awsome to see eagles like that.;O)

By Helen Marie Chamberlain (Helen) on Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 10:32 am:

WOW. Unbelievable pictures! How amazing you were able to see something like this let alone capture it on film! Thank you Steve!

By Carol Van Der Woude (Cvanderwoude) on Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 10:42 am:

Amazing pictures! Many thanks for shooting these pictures and
sharing them, Steve!

By Uncle Chuck at Little Betsy (Unclechuck) on Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 12:00 pm:

Great photos, nice job Steve!

By Marsha, Genesee/Aura (Marsha) on Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 01:24 pm:

Where were these taken? Wonderful pictures! Must have been such a thrill to see it enfolding.

By Marsha, Genesee/Aura (Marsha) on Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 01:58 pm:

Nevermind! I see it said Lac LaBelle on the other page.

By Maija Fleming (Seattlemaija) on Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 08:42 pm:

Thank you for posting the link to the bald eagle nest live camera. I've been monitoring it throughout the day. It is wonderful!

By Thomas Baird (Thomas) on Friday, April 30, 2010 - 02:29 pm:

Great photos!

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