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Eagles attack ducklings second time half sec later 2-20120712

Images from this morning's walk at Nelson Lake/Dick Young Forest Preserve in Kane County, Illinois. I found it difficult to determine the exact prey that these two eagles were trying to catch. They seemed to be hunting cooperatively, taking swoops at what looked like a female Mallard (but was it accompanied by a longer-necked bird-- was it a duckling or a grebe?) There appeared to be several ducklings in the water and in the grass that was now growing out of the lake, as it is very shallow. The second of two cooperative attempts appeared to be successful, as the first eagle departed with a small prey item-- a duckling? (I had to greatly sharpen the image to better demonstrate the eagle's talons holding the prey). Visit blog.rosyfinch.com

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Taken on July 12, 2012