Eagle vs. Loon

13 May

Monday night, in a fantastic display of bird versus bird boldness set against a stunning twilight backdrop, the Blue Lake Bald Eagle dived on the North Shore Loon creating a chilling fusion of bird-of-prey screeching and aquatic gavian yodelling.  The eagle spiraled down again and again, forcing the angry loon into a tight round up and diverting it from its sundown fishing safari.  After thoroughly besting the loon, the eagle then just as quickly soared into the cumulous sky and returned to its nest, seemingly satisfied with a fine night’s bullying.  Witnesses originally thought that perhaps the eagle and the loon were after the same juicy fish but while the flustered loon continued to pursue an evening meal, the eagle seemed content to just call it a night.

This photograph was snapped just after the incident occurred.  The bird icon is the Blue Lake Bald Eagle and the “X” is the North Shore Loon:

Blue Lake Bald Eagle versus North Shore Loon

Blue Lake Bald Eagle versus North Shore Loon

3 Responses to “Eagle vs. Loon”

  1. winkle - bull May 14, 2009 at 7:05 am #

    The northwoods are one big angry Darwin induced nature extravaganza: first the wolves/bears versus deer in Bolder Junction; now it’s baldy verse a loon on Blue Lake. What next – a crazed Brat Eatin Streater Roadie versus some illusionary paranoia induced by the down state Madison communists? It’s a scary place up there!

    • The Provost May 14, 2009 at 11:34 am #

      What do you mean “what next”? Depending on your philosophies, it’s been happening for ages now, Winkie.

      BTW – As Illinois is the Land of Lincoln, we all know Wisconsin is the Land of McCarthy, however outdated that may be. But did you know, Winkie, that someone very close to you lived for a number of years with the former head of the student communist party of Belarus?

  2. Another Blue Lake Roadie May 15, 2009 at 10:07 am #

    Provost – thanks for the action photo; the whole incident is now much clearer to me.

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