March 11, 2009
Chad Love: Eagle Predation
By Chad Love
There is simply no way to watch this video without A. marveling at the absolute predatory perfection of birds of prey, and B. thanking your lucky stars golden eagles don't grow just a little bit bigger...
I've witnessed lots of bird predation, from loggerhead shrikes impaling lizards on a barbed-wire fence to bald eagles pinning and eating Canada geese on lake ice, but I've never seen anything quite as dramatic as this.
I have no idea where or when this video was made, but it (graphically) illustrates not only what incredible predators golden eagles are, but why they're used and venerated by the famed "Eagle Hunters" of Mongolia. It's not widely believed that eagles prey on lambs, goats, wolves, coyotes and even bears, but those familiar with the birds know better.