This unlucky gull was ambushed by a hungry eagle while attempting to catch its own meal of herring.
Shayne McGuire was watching humpback whales feeding along the Alaskan coast when she witnessed this unexpected encounter.
McGuire described the experience as a rare and “once in a lifetime” event. “I felt like I was watching a BBC documentary.”
Eagles are opportunistic predators and will strike if given the chance. They’re tenacious, too — it took a lot of effort to bring the gull down.
“The eagle dove in and hit the gull. [Then] the gull got out of the water and took off again, but the eagle circled back and came after it again,” she recalls. “The eagle grabbed the gull again and started carrying it back to shore. It dropped the gull into the water three more times before carrying it off into the trees, most likely to a nest of young chicks.”
Here’s a couple videos from YouTube of some similar sightings caught on camera:
Eagles eat a variety of prey including fish, waterfowl, small mammals, and even carrion. They will often steal prey from other birds of prey if given the opportunity.
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