Osprey vs. Bald Eagle

This has been the kind of weekend that Portlanders dream of all winter long.  Sunny and in the 60's for three days in a row is a lot to ask for here.  I have packed in a ton of birding and have oh so much to share with you, but right now I just want to share this encounter between a Bald Eagle and an Osprey at Fernhill Wetlands this morning.   Five of us watched the Osprey with a fish in its talons try to evade a hungry eagle, but no dice, the eagle won... Check it out:

After what felt like a long time, the Osprey dropped the fish and the eagle dove straight down to catch it...

I was pretty impressed when the eagle snatched it out of the air.  He did some victory circles with his eagle friend (they may be the pair that have a nest nearby) and finally landed in a tree.

Pretty awesome drama, though it seemed like a lot more work than just snatching a fish out of the water.   Next time I will share all the other rad stuff I saw this weekend including one lifer and many newly arrived birds.  Good times!!!


  1. Jen, very cool sight to see. I can't wait to hear about the rest of your birdie weekend. Great series!

  2. Fantastic! Two great raptors in action...

    If this is just the appetizer, I'm really looking forward to the rest of your findings and photos.

  3. Eagle FTW! I agree that fighting for fish rather than just fishing seems like a waste of energy, but maybe it's more fun...

  4. You aren't kidding- the weather has been perfect! The Eagle/Osprey show must have been fun to watch.

  5. Awesome shots of some really cool klepto-eagle behavior!

  6. Incredible sequence, Jen! Thanks for sharing it!

  7. awesome series!! I agree to me it would have been easier to just swoop down get his own dang fish..lol Cant wait to hear what your new lifer is!!


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