Last year, I had the opportunity to witness an intense fight between two Bald Eagles at Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. The eagles were vying for possession of a dead Raccoon in a field, and I was lucky enough to spot them while driving along the auto tour road.
I quickly parked and began photographing the scene, captivated by the eagles’ fierce battle over the Raccoon. The struggle lasted for several minutes as the eagles used their powerful talons and beaks to gain the upper hand. Eventually, one of the eagles emerged victorious and tried to fly away with its hard-earned prize.
However, the Raccoon proved to be too heavy, and the eagle had trouble getting off the ground. This was a fascinating example of the fierce competition that can arise between Bald Eagles over food. Witnessing such a dramatic display of nature’s power and beauty was truly a memorable experience.
- Camera: Canon EOS R5
- Lens: Canon RF 800 mm F11 IS STM
I photographed the Bald Eagles from inside my pickup parked on the side of the auto tour road. I had my camera and lens resting on a beanbag draped over an open window.
- Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
- Date and Time Taken: March 26, 2022 (07:07 A. M.)
- Exposure Mode: Manual
- Aperture: f8
- Shutter speed: 1/3200
- ISO: 3200 (Auto)
- Exposure Compensation: -1/3
- Focal Length: 800 mm