Bald Eagle Swoops Down & Claws At An Alaska Brown Bear

Bald eagle takes a swipe at a bear
Bill Shawler

Eagles have been known to take down some pretty large prey.

I’ve seen the various species swoop in on small deer and dig their talons in, I’ve seen them divebomb a fish so big they could barely even get it to shore, I’ve seen them drag goats right off the side of a mountain. Hell, I’ve seen a golden eagle in Asia actually swoop down on an 8 year old girl and try to fly away with her.

But a damn bear? That might be biting off a little more than it can chew.

My hunch is that there is probably an eagle nest nearby, and this bird is just sending a message to the brown bear, but nevertheless, a pretty cool sight to see. At it appears as though she went straight for the eyes, and who knows, with those sharp talons… maybe this bear is walking around with an eye patch these days.

Filmed near Naknek River, Alaska, you can hear the folks behind the camera stunned at the attack:

“WHOA, did you see that?”

Maybe it’s about time to book that trip to Alaska.

And while this is probably a pretty rare occurrence, it’s not unheard of.

This bear on Admiralty Island, near Juneau, Alaska, also got the message from a bald eagle with a nest in the area. Unlike the other bear though, this fella saw the attack coming and was able to evade contact.

Bald Eagle Drowns Young Fawn At Edge Of A Lake

Nature is brutal, man.

According to MeatEater, this video comes to us from Lake Noquebay in Marinette County, Wisconsin. We can see a young whitetail fawn swimming in the shallow shoreline waters of the lake when a bald eagle drops in and lands right on its back. With its sharp talons piercing the back of the helpless fawn, the eagle pushes it deeper into the water, drowning its next meal.

“The eagle flew away after drowning the fawn and dragging it to shore. The raptor returned to feed on the deer over the next four days until the only thing left was tufts of hair.”

And there was nothing left of that fawn…


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Bald Eagle Pulls Big Carp To Water’s Edge In Wisconsin Lake

Bald Eagles might be one of the most fascinating predators you can see in the wild.

Soaring high above everything, the powerful symbol of strength and freedom for entire country, I mean, it’s as majestic as a bird can be. If you’ve ever been lucky enough to witness one hunting, you understand. They soar or perch high above, using incredible eye-sight, they swoop in and grab anything that is the target. Their precision is simply amazing.

One of the only things that does not disappoint you when they out fish you, that’s for sure.

This video from Hayward, Wisconsin, shows something that I have heard stories of, but never have witnessed. A bald eagle gets a catch out of the water that is too big and fighting too much for it to take back off. Using it’s wings it beats its way through the water towards shore.

“Look at that big fish”

The eagle pulls up what looks like a large carp, and it’s easy to see why it struggled to fly and had to swim to shore. It was a large enough to feed more than this one eagle. Hats off to the people who caught this on video, a once in a lifetime experience no doubt.

Here’s more the from the folks behind the camera:

“We were staying in a cabin in Hayward Wisconsin on the Chippewa Flowage. We were sitting in the living room with a view of the lake and noticed an eagle swimming towards our beach.

At first, I thought it was hurt but then it swam to shore with a 20-ound carp in its talons. It sat on the shore and ate the fish for a couple of hours and then came back in the morning and finished eating the Carp.

It was truly an amazing sight to see! I’m glad I was to capture it on film for others to enjoy.”

It never ceases to amaze the things wildlife do.

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