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And we all thought birds were cute.

by Ziks511 / September 24, 2013 4:00 AM PDT

Golden Eagle in Siberia, attacks and kills young deer. And not a small one either.

http://news.discovery.com/animals/golden-eagle-attacks-deer-130924.htm

"Conservationist Linda Kerley, of the Zoological Society of London
(ZSL), recalled that something felt immediately wrong as she approached
the carcass.
"There were no large carnivore tracks in the snow, and it
looked like the deer had been running and then just stopped and died," "

What? No, I'm fine it's just these birds keep attacking me. Get away you SOB. What do you mean you can't see them?

Rob

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there are stories
by James Denison / September 24, 2013 10:31 AM PDT

of eagles swooping down and carrying young children off across the centuries and they've always been discounted as impossible.

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I was thinking of just that idea when I posted this.
by Ziks511 / September 24, 2013 11:41 PM PDT
In reply to: there are stories

I`m not sure what weight an eagle can lift, but clearly some eagles are willing to take on very large prey and can inflict lethal injury.

Rob

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A female bald eagle is larger than the male of the species..
by Tony Holmes / September 25, 2013 1:52 AM PDT

her wingspan can be as much as 8ft !

They are very large and very nasty birds,modern descendants of dinosaurs.

The max weight a female eagle can lift and fly away with is between 4-5lbs.Anything you hear about an eagle flying away with children,etc is fiction.Unless of course you're a small dog or a cat.

However,this doesn't mean they won't attack and kill an animal that's much larger than they are and eat it where it falls.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCbCNB74CrU

As an aside,one of my daughters and her husband have their house here in Jersey that is bordered on two sides in the back yard by a very large reservoir.There is an easement of about 50 yds between her property and the reservoir.(ideal hunting grounds for an Eagle).

She was visited by reps from the state a few yrs ago(forget what dept it was) that informed her that a pair of Bald Eagles had taken up a nest in the easement bordering her property!

They very kindly explained to her the myths and facts about the eagle's hunting habits and precautions she could/should take to insure the eagle's and her family's safety.

My daughter kindly explained to them they would have her full cooperation and the eagles would be safe.Unless of course,her two 100lb attack Doberman's that constantly patrolled the back yard viewed the eagles as a threat...lol.

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Eagle in yard
by Willy / September 25, 2013 1:05 AM PDT

I posted some time ago of a bald eagle that MUST been perched in my oak tree in the backyard. That when I came to retrieve some firewood, it started to fly away. The noise it made, startled me and caused me to flinch. I twirled to see the eagle fly just over the roof and about 20ft. away and the wing span was at least 7-8ft to me. That noise of repeated wing flapping that close is one I don't want to hear again. I'm sure it was there to try to get my cat or maybe a squirrel or snake. I have seen them with fish coming back from the local stream or river. When perched and i see them, its a grand sight. Those along with red tail hawks are just talkative raptors. At times, one or the other is calling for whatever. I have a raptor nest on my property at least I think so. It's about 3-4ft. across and big as a 50gal. barrel. I didn't know they were that big but it seems common size. We have bird watchers that come for the "big one" in our neck of the world during the seasonal travels of birds across the lakes and going north/south as seasons go. Oh gee, pretty bird... ------Willy Happy

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Thanks for the anecdote.
by drpruner / September 25, 2013 7:39 AM PDT
In reply to: Eagle in yard

The owls, some of which are scary large, make little or no noise in flying or in taking off. My wife and I were in an isolated area to watch meteorites some years ago when a large owl took off from a tree directly in front of our car. We didn't see it in the tree, nor see nor hear it flying until it was almost overhead (against the sky). If we had been a leetle mousie I wouldn't be writing this now.

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The talons would easily open a major blood vessel.
by drpruner / September 25, 2013 7:41 AM PDT

They're scavengers of land animals, usually. I wonder if this one couldn't find fish or smaller game in its territory..

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