Bruno D'Amicis - Eagle defending its prey
The day this picture has been taken, I woke up at 3AM, climbed for one hour in complete darkness to reach my canvas hide at almost 1600m above sea level. Then, I sat or, better, resisted in it for hours in the most uncomfortable position and trying to not freeze, killing time by dozing and peering through a tiny peephole I made in the canvas. When finally the eagle came I couldn’t believe my eyes. It wasn’t there a second before and then, zac!, a majestic, wild, adult Golden eagle was some 30 metres from me and less than 100Km from a chaotic metropolis like Rome. A little miracle in this tiny and overpopulated Italy and a childhood dream for me. It fed quickly on the fox carcass: Griffon vultures were soaring above us. When the first vulture landed, the eagle rose its feathers in the aggressive posture that is portrayed in this picture.
Tags: apennines, aquila chrysaetos, bruno damicis, fox, golden eagle, mountains