An Awesome Story...
Aug 18, 2009
This comes from a gent who runs a 2,000-acre corn farm up around Barron, Wis., not far from Oshkosh. He used to fly F-4Es and F-16s for the Guard and participated in the first Gulf War… Submitted for your enjoyment, and as a reminder there are other great, magnificent flyers around besides us.
“I went out to plant corn for a bit to finish a field before tomorrow morning and witnessed The Great Battle. A Golden Eagle – big bastard, about 6-foot wingspan – flew right in front of the tractor. It was being chased by three crows who were continually dive-bombing and pecking at it. The crows do this because the eagles rob their nests when they find them. At any rate, the eagle banked hard right in one evasive maneuver, then landed in the field about 100 feet from the tractor. This eagle stood about 3 feet tall. The crows all landed too and took up positions around the eagle at 120 degrees apart, but kept their distance at about 20 feet from the big bird. The eagle would take a couple steps toward one of the crows and they’d hop backward and forward to keep their distance. Then the reinforcement showed up.
"I happened to spot the eagle’s mate hurtling down out of the sky at what appeared to be approximately Mach 1.5. Just before impact, the eagle on the ground took flight (obviously a coordinated tactic; probably pre-briefed), and the three crows that were watching the grounded eagle also took flight, thinking they were going to get in some more pecking on the big bird. The first crow targeted by the diving eagle never stood a snowball’s chance in hell. There was a midair explosion of black feathers and that crow was done. The diving eagle then banked hard left in what had to be a 9G climbing turn, using the energy it had accumulated in the dive, and hit crow No. 2 less than two seconds later. Another crow dead. The grounded eagle, now airborne and with an altitude advantage on the remaining crow, which was streaking eastward in full burner, made a short dive, then banked hard right when the escaping crow tried to evade the hit. It didn’t work – crow No. 3 bit the dust at about 20 feet altitude. This aerial battle was better than any air show I’ve been to, including the warbirds show at Oshkosh! The two eagles ripped the crows apart and ate them on the ground, and as I got closer and closer working my way across the field, I passed within 20 feet of one of them as it ate its catch. It stopped and looked at me as I went by, and you could see in the look of that bird that it knew who’s Boss Of The Sky. What a beautiful bird! I love it. Not only did they kill their enemies, they ate them.”