Aerial Dogfight in the Tetons
A few days ago, I walked to “my” rock at String Lake to sit and read a while. On arrival, I heard a lot of raptor chatter in the sky above. I doffed my pack and turned my camera on. Above me, a battle was taking place. Apparently, an osprey had caught a fish almost as big as it was, and a bald eagle decided such a feast ought to be shared – or surrendered. At any rate, the eagle was pursuing the osprey in loops, dives and climbs above String Lake.
Eventually, the osprey outflew the eagle, and it gave up, heading to the west, I guess to look for something easier to steal. The osprey departed to the southeast, flying right over my head.
Later, a pair of sand hill cranes squawked to get my attention, as if they didn’t want to be slighted.
That day clearly was going to the birds. (Sorry… 🙂 )