Hunting White-tailed Eagle

It’s all in the wrist action

One of the more bizarre things I learnt was the way the some White-tailed Eagles hunt Kittiwake chicks. Indeed I saw one bird circling in narrow space very close to the cliffs. What they do is fly as close as possible and flick the wings down in rapid motion which creates a corresponding rush of air. This in turn blows young Kittiwakes off the cliff ledges where they are scooped up in the talons of the Eagle.

More starter than main course though surely?!

 One of 4 White-tailed Eagles at Syltefjord cliffs, where they hunt Kittiwakes using wing and wind power.  Hans Ueli Grütter

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