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March 23, 2012
Video: Golden Eagle Attacks Wild Turkey - 14

It’s cool wild turkey video Friday!

An Eastern wild turkey gobbler (with one heck of a beard) calmly feeds in the leaves near a trail camera — and is suddenly attacked from the air by a golden eagle. For a second there, it looks like the turkey might not escape.

Then again, every hunter reading this knows you can never count a gobbler out of cheating death. Been there? Me too. They find a way to survive.

Ironically both species — predator and prey — are part of ongoing wildlife restoration efforts by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, as well as the National Wild Turkey Federation, the Tennessee Wildlife Foundation and the American Eagle Foundation.

The video was captured by Ken Little near Waverly, Tennessee who shared it.

Go ahead, watch it again, Strut Zoners. I did.

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from Steve Hickoff wrote 2 years 16 weeks ago

Steve B & everyone else: Print-on-demand resources are numerous, and I've yet to go in this direction, but may. Seems worth looking into though,especially for esoteric stuff. Several of my printed titles are now available via Kindle, including one of the turkey books, but this move was based more on specific publisher initiatives than anything.

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from Steve Bodio wrote 2 years 16 weeks ago

To Charlie Elk: I am very interested in the possibilities of ebooks and print on demand. Maybe Steve H knows something about the process?

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from Bob Hansen wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

Hi...

Thanks to the Steves' for your input.

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from charlie elk wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

I have searched for Steve Bodio's books and found they are only available used and quite expensive considering the book's condition. Any possibility Steve, you could publish them as ebooks for the Nook?
later,
charlie

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from Steve Hickoff wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

Thanks Steve B. and everybody else. Hey, if you guys haven't, read all of Bodio's books. Twice. His "Eagle Dreams" is relevant as this post/thread goes.

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from charlie elk wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

huntfishtrap,
There are hundreds of resident bald eagles around here. We see them take all manner of "dry-land prey" (raccoons, coyote pups, rabbits, snakes and every kind of bird)They are very accomplished agile hunters & scavengers. During the winter flocks of eagles land in the fields picking waste grain.
later,
charlie

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from huntfishtrap wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

LOL...that ol' gobbler's reaction is priceless - probably what we'd look like if we saw an alien swooping down toward us!
@CharlieElk - My brother's also seen a Baldie half-heartedly attacking some turkeys, I am surprised yours caught one, because I don't think they're designed for catching large, dry-land prey like Golden's are.

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from MNwhitetailHunter wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

thats one determined eagle

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from charlie elk wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

Very good video. It is a golden.
Looks just like turkey dog Vic when he gets air among the turkeys. ;D)
Last fall while on a deer stand some turkeys roosting across the valley begin cackling, more like screaming, in my binoculars I saw a bald eagle gliding in and out of the oak branches after the scrambling turkeys. Surprisingly the turkeys did not fly away and the eagle managed to grab one.
later,
charlie

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from Steve Bodio wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

It is without a doubt a golden, superficially like a young bald but as related as a cat to a dog.

"Large"? They kill antelope and young deer (not myth-- the current textbook on pronghorn cites this). Kazakhs use them to hunt WOLVES, Czechs roe deer-- plenty of video. Steve H knows this-- I'll let him take it now.

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from JM wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

The Eagles eyes were bigger than his stomach, thats for sure.
-Not to long ago me and my friend stopped when we saw multiple red-tailed hawks flying in and out of a field. Turned out it was because the farmers were moving haybails and the hawks were flying in right away and snatching up mice that were hiding underneath them.

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from Steve Hickoff wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

P.S. Bob: Pretty close to an immature baldy though, right?

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from Steve Hickoff wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

Pause the video at around 20 sec.and you get a good look at the golden eagle markings, especially the tail. Bald eagle doesn't have the dark band . . .

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from Bob Hansen wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

Hi...

Very interesting video. Wouldn't have thought an eagle would consider something so large as prey.

Is it positively ID'd as a GOLDEN eagle?

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from Bob Hansen wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

Hi...

Very interesting video. Wouldn't have thought an eagle would consider something so large as prey.

Is it positively ID'd as a GOLDEN eagle?

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from Steve Hickoff wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

Pause the video at around 20 sec.and you get a good look at the golden eagle markings, especially the tail. Bald eagle doesn't have the dark band . . .

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from charlie elk wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

Very good video. It is a golden.
Looks just like turkey dog Vic when he gets air among the turkeys. ;D)
Last fall while on a deer stand some turkeys roosting across the valley begin cackling, more like screaming, in my binoculars I saw a bald eagle gliding in and out of the oak branches after the scrambling turkeys. Surprisingly the turkeys did not fly away and the eagle managed to grab one.
later,
charlie

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from charlie elk wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

huntfishtrap,
There are hundreds of resident bald eagles around here. We see them take all manner of "dry-land prey" (raccoons, coyote pups, rabbits, snakes and every kind of bird)They are very accomplished agile hunters & scavengers. During the winter flocks of eagles land in the fields picking waste grain.
later,
charlie

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from Bob Hansen wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

Hi...

Thanks to the Steves' for your input.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from Steve Hickoff wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

P.S. Bob: Pretty close to an immature baldy though, right?

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from JM wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

The Eagles eyes were bigger than his stomach, thats for sure.
-Not to long ago me and my friend stopped when we saw multiple red-tailed hawks flying in and out of a field. Turned out it was because the farmers were moving haybails and the hawks were flying in right away and snatching up mice that were hiding underneath them.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Steve Bodio wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

It is without a doubt a golden, superficially like a young bald but as related as a cat to a dog.

"Large"? They kill antelope and young deer (not myth-- the current textbook on pronghorn cites this). Kazakhs use them to hunt WOLVES, Czechs roe deer-- plenty of video. Steve H knows this-- I'll let him take it now.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from MNwhitetailHunter wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

thats one determined eagle

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from huntfishtrap wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

LOL...that ol' gobbler's reaction is priceless - probably what we'd look like if we saw an alien swooping down toward us!
@CharlieElk - My brother's also seen a Baldie half-heartedly attacking some turkeys, I am surprised yours caught one, because I don't think they're designed for catching large, dry-land prey like Golden's are.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Steve Hickoff wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

Thanks Steve B. and everybody else. Hey, if you guys haven't, read all of Bodio's books. Twice. His "Eagle Dreams" is relevant as this post/thread goes.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from charlie elk wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

I have searched for Steve Bodio's books and found they are only available used and quite expensive considering the book's condition. Any possibility Steve, you could publish them as ebooks for the Nook?
later,
charlie

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Steve Bodio wrote 2 years 16 weeks ago

To Charlie Elk: I am very interested in the possibilities of ebooks and print on demand. Maybe Steve H knows something about the process?

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Steve Hickoff wrote 2 years 16 weeks ago

Steve B & everyone else: Print-on-demand resources are numerous, and I've yet to go in this direction, but may. Seems worth looking into though,especially for esoteric stuff. Several of my printed titles are now available via Kindle, including one of the turkey books, but this move was based more on specific publisher initiatives than anything.

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