Bald Eagle Catching a Starling

The National Wildlife Federation has an annual photography competition.  The image above was the Grand Prize winner in the "Professional" category in 2009.
While watching a group of bald eagles that had congregated at a local cattle feed lot, Palmer noticed the raptors were climbing into the air to catch starlings and blackbirds—not necessarily typical prey for the large birds.

At the link are the winning photographs in about a dozen other categories.


I'm thinking that the desert shot with the snow would be a better winner of the "Global Warming" category. Or perhaps the bleak snowy landscape with the trees in the foreground.

Seriously, though, I think the amateur shots are better than the ones done by the pros here.
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Definitely not fake. Robert Palmer has been shooting images like these for years. And images like these are not rare if you know when and where to go. See the serries:
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