I’d like an Eagle with a Raven chaser please…. Sounds like the start of a Thorogood song….One Eagle, One Raven and One Nerd… but there are actually 2 ravens in this story… so make it a double!
I was doing some maintenance in the aviary under Suk’s supervision and assistance, if you can call biting and stealing of tools and supplies assistance. I was securing a roost board a little better on one side, and replacing worn AstroTurf on another. As I was finishing up, Suk starts flying back and forth and doing his “hey man check that out” calls which later turned into his “EHRMAGHERD, THE WORLD IS ABOUT TO END” call. I ask him what’s up? He says exactly!…What? I said, Look up! He croaked, Oh ok, I look up and see a large bird about 30 feet above the aviary, hey it’s one of your friends, oh neat it’s squeeeeing like an eagle that’s cool. I’ve heard Steller’s Jays mimicking Red-Tail Hawk screams and Starlings mimicing every sound under the sun but never a Raven copying a….. oh wait that IS an Eagle! Holy Guacamole! Dude, it’s an Eagle! I know he says, why do you think I’ve been hollerin’? oh and look there’s one of your friends chasing it! Very cool. (If you listen closely to the video you’ll hear some of that conversation)
The eagle circles once and land in the very top of a large fir tree to the south. I make a break for the house to grab the camera. I ran faster than I have in a very long time, as fast as a fat guy with a bad back, bad ticker and a bum knee can run… in hindsight probably not the best idea, but I was excited! While I can see eagles (and ravens) every day here in Western, Washington, it’s not every day they are together and in my yard! I run in the house, grab the camera as I holler “HONEY THERE’S AN EAGLE OUT HERE”… I hear her respond but I’m already back outside zooming in on the beautiful raptor precariously perched on the tiny branches at the top of the tree. The eagle is constantly adjusting to keep it’s balance and occasionally calling, either to a mate or a challenger for territory.
A large dark bird swoops down from behind the house, just over our heads and off into the woods to the west, the raven that was harassing the eagle, or more likely defending it’s own territory quorks deeply on it’s way to circle around to the eagle.
Meanwhile, Suk is screaming his lungs out behind us, all up in arms ( or would that be wings?) that there is an eagle stealing our attention.
The eagle lets out a string of squeeeees and the staccato eek eek eek calls , drops down out of the tree and flies off to the east and out of sight.
Suk immediately stops his screaming and life returns to normal in our wild kingdom.
I go through the photos and also remember that we have video cameras around the property. Suk-Cam is on the fritz, but I have a replacement on the way, it does still work but with a red tint to the video, on the footage you can hear the eagle calling from above and see the raven giving chase. You can also see the nerd start the dash to the house, where that one leaves off another camera picks up the end of the dash for a laugh…
And as always:
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