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Battle of The Eagles Over A Dead Fox

PTI 17 Dec 2010, 10:21:29 IST
Two eagles fought in the air in Norway over a dead fox and ultimately the stronger one won, reports Daily Mail, London.The golden eagle was robbed of his prey in Arctic conditions after a mid-air fight with a stronger white-tailed eagle. British photographer Richard Costin spent five days wrapped in several sleeping bags in a hide in Northern Norway, where the temperature was -10 degree Celsius.

Eventually he saw the golden eagle eating a fox, and the white-tailed eagle moving in.Second by second, he recorded what followed: the fearsome clash of talons, the moment the golden eagle knew it was time to retreat and lick his wounds, and finally the victor with his spoils.Taken in northern Norway, they show the Golden Eagle arriving at the carcass in a blizzard only for the White Tailed Eagle to muscle in on the action.

After tussling claw to claw, the White Tailed Eagle was victorious and chased away the crows to claim its prize.Richard, from Kent, said: 'To take these images I spent nine hours a day for five days in a small wooden hide on a remote hill in Norway.'The temperature outside was approximately -10 and I was well wrapped up in several sleeping bags as I wasn't able to move much to keep warm.

'It was essential to be in before sunrise and out after sunset so the eagles did not associate the hide with humans.

'Some of the days I would only get a few moments with an eagle outside and others several hours.

'The blizzard images were taken on several occasions, these blizzards were short lived, usually no more than 20 minutes at a time but were intense.

'The eagles were unfazed by these and it is a testament as to how incredible these hardy birds are.

 The moment I captured a Golden and White Tailed eagle together in the blizzard made all the waiting worth-while.'