Tags: eagle | attacking | deer | captured | photo

Eagle Attacking Deer in Russia Is Captured in Photo

Wednesday, 25 Sep 2013 07:05 AM

By Alexandra Ward

Biologists who set up a camera to take photos of tigers roaming eastern Russia accidentally captured something a lot more interesting: an eagle attacking a deer.

In 2011, Linda Kerley, a wildlife biologist at the London Zoological Society, and Jonathan Slaght of the Wildlife Conservation Society mounted a digital camera onto an old power line in the middle of Lazovskii State Nature Reserve in Russia's Far East. Their intention had been to take photos of Siberian tigers — the camera had an infrared sensor that was triggered by heat from the animals — but one day something else activated the lens.

When Kerley went to retrieve the memory card from the camera in December 2011, she noticed a bloodied deer carcass lying in the snow.

Urgent: Should Obamacare be Repealed? Vote Here Now

"Something felt wrong about it," Kerley said in a prepared statement obtained by the Los Angeles Times. "There were no large carnivore tracks in the snow, and it looked like the deer had been running and then just stopped and died."

She reviewed the camera images and was shocked to see a series of shots of a large golden eagle attacking a 6- to 7-month-old sika deer.

"I've been assessing deer causes of death in Russia for 18 years — this is the first time I've seen anything like this," Kerley said.

The photo and an academic paper authored by Kerley and Slaght was recently published in the Journal of Raptor Research.

"The size difference is astounding — that an eagle can look at a deer and think I can kill that," Slaght told the New York Daily News.

Though the discovery was astounding to see in detail, it's not all that unusual for golden eagles to attack a variety of prey.

"From things as small as rabbits — their regular prey — to coyote and deer, and even one record in 2004 of an eagle taking a brown bear cub," Slaght said.

Urgent: Will Obamacare Hurt Your Wallet? Vote Here Now

Related stories:

Study: Wind Farms Killed 67 Eagles in Last 5 Years

Beaver Bites Fisherman Taking Its Photo, Killing Him by Severing Leg Artery (Video)

Workers at Florida Park Attacked by 100,000 Killer Bees  

© 2015 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Budweiser Super Bowl 2015: Commercial Reunites Puppy With Clydesdales

Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 14:53 PM

Budweiser has revealed its 2015 Super Bowl ad, a continued look at the relationship between its Clydesdales and a puppy  . . .

Amanda Peet: 'Game of Thrones' a 'Terrible' Idea, Actress Told Husband

Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 13:58 PM

Amanda Peet stunned fans this week when she admitted to initially telling her husband, David Benioff, that the idea for  . . .

NFL Domestic Violence Commercial to Highlight Issue During Super Bowl

Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 13:04 PM

The NFL will run a commercial focused on domestic violence during this year's Super Bowl in an effort to show it is seri . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved