Date: 2/27/17 6:47 pm From: Ed Rizer <eddierizer...> Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Eagles lock talons @ Circle B bar
Hello Birders. Out to Circle B Bar Reserve Southeast of Lakeland Sunday afternoon and although I didn't see any noteworthy migrants I was fortunate to see a pair of Bald Eagle rivals lock talons as a resident Eagle drove off an intruder. After a short chase the pursued Eagle rolls on it's back and locks talons with the Eagle chasing it. The birds spin about five revolutions in a one legged embrace plunging perhaps 60 feet falling just past and below a big tree. The Eagles did not disengage until the last second and barely avoided hitting the ground. They say that this is a mating ritual but I think this was a territorial dispute as the intruder fled and the resident returned to the interior marsh. Good Birding and God Bless.
Ed Rizer Winter Haven Fl.
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