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Eagle Lifting Fox Photograph

by Brett M. Christensen

Outline:
Photograph shows an eagle lifting a fox from near a carcass partially buried in snow. (Full commentary below).


Status:
True

Example:
Awesome! Eagle v. fox

Eagle and fox photograph taken in Montana

eagle, fox



Detailed Analysis:
This amazing photograph shows a Golden Eagle lifting a fox away from the body of a partly eaten animal in the snow. The photograph has been posted on numerous blogs and forums and is also circulating via email.

Although some have postulated that the photograph has been manipulated, it is in fact genuine. It is one of a series of shots snapped by Finnish photographer Pekka Komi.

With only one shot in the sequence included in the message, a viewer might conclude that the eagle actually carried away the fox, perhaps to make a meal of it. However, viewed in sequence, it is clear that the eagle and the fox are in fact competing for access to the carcass. The last shot in the sequence shows that the fox has escaped the clutches of the eagle.

Also, the picture was taken in South Finland, not Montana as claimed in the message.


Last updated: 22nd June 2007
First published: 22nd June 2007
By Brett M. Christensen
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References
Wikipedia: Golden Eagle
Pekka Komi: Golden Eagle
Birdchick Blog: More on Golden Eagle vs. Fox

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