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.

Location: Italy

Tags: apennines, aquila chrysaetos, bruno damicis, fox, golden eagle, mountains

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  1. Astrid Kvendbo (Norway) said:

    15/03/2011 20:23

    A fantastic picture! A moment filled with action!

  2. Sven Zacek said:

    16/03/2011 14:17

    I like the surroundings and of course the pose of the Eagle. Great capture after a miserable time in a cramped hide :)

  3. Bruno said:

    24/04/2011 13:41

    I think I owe the audience of this blog, some more details behind this picture, in order to provide a complete disclosure:

    The fox carcass has been placed by me during the night to lure the eagle to land. The fox was a healthy individual found dead along a road, thus presumably killed by a car. The fox+hide attempt has been carried out only once (to not affect the behavior of the eagle - ie accustoming it to a feeding place), next to a usual eagle perch (found after having studied this animals for months) and in January, so before the breeding season would take place.