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MONDAY, MAY 10, 2010

Bald Eagle Attack on Stanley Park Herons

The Stanley Park Heronry has attracted a wide range of predators which are looking to grab its defenceless Great Blue Heron chicks. Although their parents fight hard to protect their chicks, sometimes its not enough as in this case, a Bald Eagle managed to snatch one regardless of the sharp Heron beaks and Crows attempting to deter it. Here is a series of photos showing a Bald Eagle taking the opportunity to snatch a Great Blue Heron chick and flying off.

For years Stanley Park has been the location of the Stanley Park Heronry which is a nesting site for over one hundred Great Blue Herons. This group of trees has also attracted its share of predators looking for an easy meal such as raccoons, and notably, the Bald Eagle. A pair Bald Eagles have their own family to feed (along the Merilees Trail near Prospect Point) and have been paying almost daily visits to try and grab a chick. Sometimes they succeed, sometimes they fail, but it is an impressive and sometimes harsh display of nature in the city.

Bald Eagle taking the  opportunity to snatch a Great Blue Heron chick in Stanley Park,   VancouverBald Eagle going for the Great Blue Heron chick in Stanley Park, VancouverBald Eagle making off with the Great Blue Heron chick in Stanley Park, VancouverBald Eagle with Great Blue Heron chick in its talons in Stanley Park, Vancouver







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