Albatross try to save her Friend from eagle attack. The epic aerial battle shows the daily struggle of life in the wild.
Albatrosses are large seabirds related to the procellariids, storm petrels and diving petrels in the order Procellariiformes. They range widely in the Southern Ocean and the North Pacific. They are absent from the North Atlantic.
The albatross diet is predominantly cephalopods, fish, crustaceans, and offal. It should be noted that for most species a comprehensive understanding of diet is known for only the breeding season, when the albatrosses regularly return to land and study is possible. The importance of each of these food sources varies from species to species, and even from population to population; some concentrate on squid alone, others take more krill or fish.
Eagle is the common name for many large birds of prey of the family Accipitridae.The 60 species of eagle are from Eurasia and Africa. Eagles are large, powerfully built birds of prey, with heavy heads and beaks. Like all birds of prey, eagles have very large, hooked beaks for ripping flesh from their prey, strong, muscular legs, and powerful talons. The beak is typically heavier than that of most other birds of prey.
In an unfortunate day, the bird was captured by the eagle. The friend of the accompanying bird tried to rescued his friend from the eagle’s claw. The epic aerial battle shows the daily struggle of life in the wild.
A seagull is seen launching in to protect and free its companion from the eagle’s firmly gripped talons. Photographer David Canales captured the once-in-a-lifetime moment from his kayak on Prince William Sound in Alaska.
The recent graduate from the University of San Antonio, Texas was on an 11-day expedition from Valdez to Whittier. Few people would bet on a seagull being able to stand up to a bald eagle, a symbol of power and freedom in the US.
But, the powerful bird of prey had a fight on its hands as it tried to grab one of the gulls. The post went viral after a post on Facebook and sparked wonder over what happened next. Sadly for those rooting for the underdog, the gulls lost in the battle. US Department of the Interior stated that “the eagle won”.
A department spokesperson on Facebook said: “The top gull gave up and the bottom one couldn’t free itself.” Photographer Canales posted a second photo of the fight a moment or two after the original showing an eagle flying off with the prized gull in its claws.
How many species of Eagle ??
In total there are 22 species in the albatross family, of which 17 are Globally Threatened according to BirdLife on behalf of the IUCN Red List