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Riding the Eagle by mydigitalmind Riding the Eagle by mydigitalmind
Some birds seem to take mobbing a bit too far. The Eaglets of Mud Lock, New York have fledged and I was there to watch their early flights. Every time they got in the air, the blackbirds would mob them - but they would stay clear of the adults.

Flying doesn't seem so fun anymore, does it?? Not for the Eagle at least... the Blackbird gets a free ride.

Bald Eagle and Red-winged Blackbird
Mud Lock, Seneca Falls, New York
Canon 7D / EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM

Melissa Mancuso Penta // All Rights Reserved
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:iconfmalchemist1993:
fmalchemist1993 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
ok that is seriously an epic win!
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:)
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jsketchyfingers Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice shot! lol
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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:iconjust-raowolf:
Just-Raowolf Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Student General Artist
Absolutely amazing shot - spectacularly taken at the perfect moment! It must be so hard to get such a clear image in such a slim opportunity... Well done :heart:
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! I wish it was a tad clearer. The best poses never come out super sharp!
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:iconlittlefiredragon:
LittleFireDragon Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Red winged blackbird?
More like redneck: Yeee-haw, ride em cowboy!
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:D
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bedensizGOLGE Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
free trip...
:)))
congratulations...
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Purinsesu-sama Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing! Loved this angle!
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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:iconpurinsesu-sama:
Purinsesu-sama Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome!
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:iconpluto-my-way:
pluto-my-way Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ahamazing!!:la: great shot^^
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :D
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:iconpluto-my-way:
pluto-my-way Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome <3
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e11e-k Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
i love this shot!
what a special capture
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much!
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DeMantle Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Striker and Dust Cloud, they have known each other since Striker was a hatchling, though their bond wasn't all that strong. Considering they are different species of bird. But birds none the less. And it doesn't help that Striker's parents never did like the smaller black bird.

Because his parents considered the small winged creature as food. Which, for some reason, Striker doesn't think the same way as his sire and mother. He had other siblings, but all they did was fought over food. Pecked at each other, and Striker never found that fun. Because he was always at the receiving end of each blow. His parents were no help when these bantering started.

They were either out finding food for them to fight over. Or scaring away other birds that would potentially harm their brood.

So one day, a small black feathered creature appeared at the tree the large nest was kept safe in. Striker's parents were out searching for food for the continuous ravenous chicks. At first Striker thought it be a shadow, until it hopped closer towards the nest he and his siblings were watching cautiously.

His nestmates started to cry threateningly, trying to call back their parents for help. At this the coal colored thing hopped back. Striker's siblings quieted, still watching it wearily.

The young eaglet turned his head in angles of confusion, he decided to investigate what it was.

Clumsily so, he climbed out of the nest and wandered closer towards the shadow. It didn't move nor made a sound, it just puffed up. At this Striker found humorous. Though his nestmates didn't think so as they started to squawk at him to return to the safety of the nest. He ignored them as he leaned forward for a closer inspection.

At this he heard a light voice that which spoke: "What's your name, eaglet?" The black creature peered up at him with beady eyes. "Striker," he whispered back. "What be is it you are?" Striker asked the fluffed up ball of shadow. The smaller critter looked up at him in amusement. "Red-winged Blackbird." The smaller bird said with pride.

The eaglet then looked down at the smaller bird, as the red-winged stared back up at him. Out of nowhere, the shadow spoke once again. "My name is Dust Cloud." She said with hope, but hope for what Striker doesn't know.

"Striker?" Dust Cloud asked, and the eaglet then hummed in acknowledgement. She continued: "One day when you're older, can you show me how it is like to have large wings?" Striker didn't know what she was asking of, and before he can ask what she meant, she took off from the branch. Flying overhead and disappearing, the very same way that she had arrived.
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Very cool! You're story is so fitting for this :) Thank YOU for sharing!
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DeMantle Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
your welcome, the picture inspired me :D
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From-Death-I-Rise Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
These mobbing pictures are beautiful!
It must have taken a lot of great timing!
Wonderful photography and photography skills. :)
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much!!!
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:iconfrom-death-i-rise:
From-Death-I-Rise Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Your Welcome! :D
I love animals.. so these pics are amazing :3
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EllieMaeCrockett Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
Love this shot !
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!!
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ZapheraWings Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
Incredible shot. This must have been really neat to watch. :)
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! It was a great experience!
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steelwinged Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
I learnt something today! :D About birds and mobbing. Have the birds always been doing that since ancient times though? Or is it only a recent phenomenon?
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm not sure of the history of mobbing. Would be a great thing to research!
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:iconsteelwinged:
steelwinged Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012
Haha. Okay. :) Do you know a lot about birds?
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I know some... not a lot. Still learning :)
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:iconsteelwinged:
steelwinged Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
You seem to know plenty. :)
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Digao006 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
haha that's funny :giggle:
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ChristineIsDEAD Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
Such a rare shot, thanks!
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I was lucky to get them in the perfect positions!
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:iconchristineisdead:
ChristineIsDEAD Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
Yay lucky indeed :D
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:iconcmac13:
Cmac13 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012   General Artist
better to be behind this guy then in front of it :D
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Yep!!!! :D
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Maran-Zelde Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Amazing shot! We don't have eagles where I live, but I've seen red-winged blackbirds chase a red-tailed hawk three times this month. They're very ferocious little birds. I once witnessed a flock of them dive-bombing a great blue heron (who tried to ignore them).
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! They will do that to defend territory or nests!
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:iconnatureguy:
natureguy Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Way to cool! This shot is amazing! wonderful Melissa
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much!
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:iconnatureguy:
natureguy Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome!
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glassreflections Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Damn! The wingspan on that eagle! Great shot!
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
These juveniles are the size of the adults! They are so huge!
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glassreflections Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I know, I've seen them before.

I love how they look when they start getting their white feathers, and their head gets all mottled. It creates for a very cool looking effect.
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emotional-content Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
That is just plain...PERFECT! A real moneyshot
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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TTM77 Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
airplane does it too.... [link] see. :giggle:

I think the small bird protect it's near by nest.
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:D Yes, they do!
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