These mud-hen ducks ran for their lives on the water or ducked under the surface to escape the perilous talons of an extremely wide-wingspan young female eagle. As I mentioned, this appears to be a young female by its size, color and whitening tail feathers. Females can get up to 9′ wingspans; this one has to be near 8′. Male will get up to 6′ wingspan.
The brown coloring will wax blackish and in about five-years the tail and head will turn whitish. It was an awesome sight from our deck as the eagle oared, dove and would rest in a tree for several minutes to try all over again! We did not see it catch a duck! Roger
Photos and video by Shirley Birr; click to enlarge.
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