There is a large sea eagle that lives, or at least hunts, near our apartment. Like all such birds, it is beautiful and majestic and a symbol of power. Still, it’s relations with other birds is a strong parable for ‘bigger isn’t always better’. In the following photos, you can see a magpie torment and chase away the much larger eagle.
First, we see two eagles sitting on a light-tower and a nest at the bottom left of the tower cage. In Canada, osprey make similar nests and they are known as ‘sea-eagles’ so it must be the eagle’s nest. Okay, that’s terrible logic and I don’t know what kind of nest magpie make, either. August is late in the season so I suspect it is an empty nest, whoever the original inhabitants were. Oh, apparently falcon nests look like this.
Anyway, along come the magpies.
And soon, the eagles are off.
It’s a little amusing seeing crows do this, then seeing sparrows chase away the crows in the exact same fashion.
Finally, a just barely pre-typhoon picture.