Is it a drone? Is it a plane? Nope, it’s a trained eagle hunting down an unmanned aerial vehicle like it’s a slow and useless animal that it wants to eat for dinner.
The Audubon Society has reported that the oldest tagged Bald Eagle in America has died at the age of 38. The bird has overseen the dramatic recovery for his species in the United States, and is a testament to some of the successes of the environmental movements of the 1970s.
Sure, it's a publicity stunt, but what a cool idea (and for a good cause: raising awareness about endangered birds of prey). The BBC, in conjunction with Freedom Conservation, attached a camera to a trained eagle named Darshan, who swooped down from Dubai's Burj Khalifa, filming as he flew.
Archaeologists have identified a remarkable piece of Neanderthal jewelry comprised of eight white-tailed eagle talons. Worn 130,000 years ago, the discovery shows that Neanderthals were capable of making sophisticated ornaments long before modern humans appeared on the scene.
This bald eagle has figured out how to game the system. Instead of expending all the energy necessary to hunt for himself, he just snatches a fish that's already been snared by a fisherman. You go, bald eagle.
And now, simply because it's such an adorably weird juxtaposition, is a scene from a porch in Unalaska, Alaska in the Aleutian Islands. The homeowner walked outside one day, only to discover the animal kingdom mid-coffee klatch. Explains the videographer:
It's crunch time, folks. The time when you set aside everything else in your life that needs doing and spend every waking hour glued to your monitor, hoping — nay, praying — that you'll get a chance to witness the hatching of a brand new baby bald eagle, live on camera.
Have you ever wanted to spy on a bald eagle, watch one hatch, or watch one learn to fly? Then it's time to put everything going on in your life on hold... at least for the next few months. The Decorah Bald Eagle Cam — aka the most powerful time-devouring procrastination tool on the entire internet — is back.
Gulls are utterly fearless, as shown by this remarkable image of a white-tailed eagle under attack.