They are not fight for dominance, they fight over the carcas, which was placed front of a photoblind, to make much easier to the photographers to capture some action.
This is why the smaller birds are there too, not because some fortunate accident, or curiosity!
This is a new trend in europe, started by a hungarian unethical bird photographer, who already fooled a lot of magazin and photo contest with his pictures!
Photographers and/or some business was build up on photo turism, are dig into the ground a photoblind with a one way mirror glass, so photogrpahers do not have to have any skill about the birds and nature, or wildilfe photography, because they are completly separated from the nature, sitting in a "room" behind one way mirror glass.
They are place a life stock carcas to the fornt of the photoblind and the birds of prey, and other meat eater birds like magpie and crow came to fed on it. So the photographers can shoot houndreds of pictures of action like this. It is impossible to not get least a few good shot, even you get a camera in your hands at a very first time, and you are in the nature at a very first time.
In a photoblind like this, even a blind person took pictures like this! It is true, it is happened!
Hi Sylwia! I love your photograph. What camera did you use? What settings? Are you a professional photographer? I would love to see more of your work.
This is one magical shot the action, the eyes of the eagles and the poor little bird caught helpless in the middle of the conflict also nice colored.simply greaaaaaaaaaaaat.
The eagle on the left is like, "... dude. I saw it first."
The eagle on the right is all, "Oh, I'm sorry was that yours?"
The little bird in the middle is thinking "oh %$&!"
And the little bird on the far left is saying, "Wallace, Nooooo!"
Amazing photo!! My students loved it today. Thank you for the comments on the different colors of the birds. We had a great conversation about this photo!
The birds, eyes so in focus, along with the talons showing such action of the birds who are so very focused on each other. I love the little birds giving the image perspective and love the detailed spread of the magpie's wings on the left. Just the VERY best image...I will call it perfect, Sylwia!
Hi Sami. Hard to tell where exactly I was focusing because it all happened so quickly :-) I kept my camera on the eagle on the left as it was stationary and I could see the other one flying in. I kind of guessed it would try and land on top of the first one as this is what they do! This is why both of them are sharp.
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Hi Yvonne :-)
Thank you for all the nice words! Yes , I am a professional photographer. I shoot mostly on Canon 1d mark IV and 500 mm lens (this is the combo I used with the eagles). Are you a photographer yourself?
@Timothy Evans Timothy, that was funny :-) Except that the one on the right wouldn't say 'I'm sorry'. The eagles seem to have no manners...
@Tina Crofts Oh, I am glad to hear this - thank you so much! The different colors have a reason: As long as the birds have a juvenile plumage, the adult ones are less aggressive towards them.
@Andy WeatherholtThe left one is juvenile and therefore differently coloured. Only adult birds have distintive characteristics like a white tail and a yellow beak - this takes a few years.
Yes, funny despite the fact that they are not fighting for the little bird in the middle, which is behind the scene as evidenced by it being out of focus. As the photographer stated, they appear to be fighting for dominance. But, I wouldn't want to be that little bird when dominance is established!
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