Two females, one male bald eagle fight over mating nest

Urban Eagle Sightings

 

By

Rodney Thrash

, Times Staff Writer

In Print: Wednesday, December 2, 2009


A bald eagle rests by the Fernandes’ pool after a beating from a combative female.
A bald eagle rests by the Fernandes’ pool after a beating from a combative female.
 
[RUSS FERNANDES | Special to the Times]

PALM HARBOR — He's everything she's ever wanted in a man: distinguished, a caretaker, a homeowner.

She'll do anything to get him, even if that means taking out his better half. That's exactly what the hussy tried to do Saturday, authorities said Tuesday.

No, this isn't a recap of Fatal Attraction, the famous 1987 movie starring Glenn Close and Michael Douglas. And the characters aren't people. This love triangle is playing out in the trees above a Palm Harbor neighborhood. The parties involved? Bald eagles.


According to officials at the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey in Maitland — eaglespeak for the hospital — the man-stealing flirt held the other bird down, plucked her feathers and almost killed her. The injured eagle weighed all of 9 pounds.

"Her chest looks like a Thanksgiving turkey — completely bare," said Lynda White, coordinator of the center's EagleWatch program. "She is beat up. She is just a mess."

 

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