Yesterday morning there was quite a ruckus in the front yard. A Bald Eagle had settled on one of the hunting perches, but a local Northwestern Crow was having none of it. I was surprised to find only two birds. It sounded like a very noisy gang fight.
The eagles are often harried by smaller birds, in particular, during nesting season. Even the little sparrows try to chase them off. Smaller hawks, Ravens and crows are especially intolerant of eagles in their territories.
Despite their size, Bald Eagles are not bullies. They are very peaceable birds. They usually yield to the harassment and leave. I have never seen them fight back or try to stand their ground.
This photo is the proverbial "lucky shot." I was surprised when he launched. There was no time to frame the shot or focus. I just clicked the photo and hoped for the best.