The scene, which took place in the San Juan Islands in Washington reveals the fox and eagle fighting over a bunny.
” Eagles really don’t such as to waste a lot of effort in getting their food, so they seek simple opportunities,” wildlife photographer Kevin Ebi Said.
” A couple of days earlier, I caught an especially remarkable act of thievery between these wild animals.”
” I saw a bald eagle steal a rabbit from a young red fox. Even more impressive: at times, this battle played out greater than 20 feet in the air.”
Kevin was out on the islands on the lookout for young foxes when the scene unfolded right before his eyes.
” A red fox captured a rabbit and was bring it across the meadow. I panned my camera with it to catch the action.”
” Then behind me, I heard the cry of a bald eagle. I turned around and saw it approaching quick. I recognized it desired the rabbit.”
” I intently trained my cam on the fox bracing for a split second of the activity.”
” To my surprise, the scene was even more dramatic than I expected. I thought the fox would certainly drop the bunny, providing the eagle an easy dinner.”
” Instead, the fox, with its jaw still clenched on the bunny, inadvertently got snagged by the bald eagle. The eagle raised the young fox and bunny into the sky triggering an even more dramatic struggle.”
The entire aerial skirmish lasted just 8 secs, t the fox ultimately quit the battle after recognizing that the battle can not be won, and so the eagle dropped it from a height of roughly 20 feet.
” It shook off the encounter and resumed playing with its fellow kits. I took several pictures of it after the ordeal and could not locate a single scratch,”
” I suspect the eagle thought that because it was a extremely young fox, the fox probably would have been scared by the eagle and would have dropped the rabbit.”
” It was a very special experience. I have actually seen bald eagles steal food from crows, fantastic blue herons, and various other eagles.”
” I’ve never ever seen an act of theft like that where an eagle, fox, and bunny participate with each other. However I’ve been working on wildlife photography for almost twenty years, I think every animal has a story to tell.”