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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