“Those Little Things Are SO Annoying!”
This is the bald eagle from last week that some of you may remember seeing jumping off from the pine tree and flying off across the marsh. Prior to him leaving however, he was buzzed and annoyed by a persistent pair of mockingbirds that just would not leave the poor eagle alone. I don’t know if they had a nest nearby, but the mockingbirds kept pestering the eagle who tried at first to ignore the little birds but the tiny mockingbirds were determined to give the bald eagle a hard time.
In the first three photos you can see one of the mockingbirds perching on branches next to the eagle and in photo #3 it pecked the eagle on the head. In photos 4 and 5 you can see the pair buzzing around the eagle which definitely further annoyed him so he decided to move over to a different section of the tree as can be seen in photos 6 and 7. That tactic failed to produce the desired effect as in photo 8 the mockingbird can be seen perched right above the eagle’s head. The exasperated bald eagle voiced his displeasure before finally leaving the area entirely which was the theme of last week’s post. 🙂
What a cute story Phil! Gotta love nature…. beautiful photography work!
Thanks Sally, and yes indeed nature can be fun and amazing!
…. 🙂 This is the story…. you are amazing dear Phil, I loved them all. Thank you, love, nia
I’m very happy you liked these Nia, thank you! 🙂
I really appreciate you checking these out, thanks much!
Tremendi questi tordi, sono riusciti a fare perdere la pazienza all’aquila 🙂
Bellissimi scatti Phil!!
Mi ha sorpreso l’aquila ha messo su con tanta esasperazione da parte dei piccoli uccelli.
From my friend on facebook! : Norma wrote: “In Arizona, I watched a mockingbird annoy a hawk for several minutes, flying all around and very close. Eventually, the hawk just flew away.”
Heh heh, wow, that sounds familiar. Must be typical mockingbird behavior, but they are gutsy little guys. 🙂
Fabulous pics again, Phil. What a naughty tease that mockingbird is! The eagle showed extreme tolerance, but was obviously not amused. 🙂
Those were my feelings exactly Sylvia, that eagle put up with a lot even though it was not at all pleased with being tormented. Glad you enjoyed seeing these photos! 🙂
Thanks Hans, I appreciate it!
Amazing shots of this Bald eagle.
Thank you Jan I always like any chance to see a bald eagle
He does not look amused.
No he does not plus I was surprised he put up with so much from the little guys.
Title makes this post a cut above Phil
I appreciate that Scott thanks much.
Hahaha I wouldn’t go near that eagle if I was a mockingbird… Not that I would go near it anyway, better to stay away than be attacked by an angry eagle :p Great photos!
Thanks very much I’m happy you liked the eagle!
Spectacular photos of the eagle. I’d venture to say the mockingbirds got away by bothering the eagle on that day. 😉
I was more then a little surprised the eagle put up with as much as he did. Thanks for checking these out David.
The photo #3 the mockingbird pecked the eagle on the head is so cute! Thank you so much for using the series of amazing photos to teach us how to appreciate our beautiful nature. Happy Sunday, Phil!
I greatly appreciate your very kind words Amy and glad you enjoyed seeing the eagle!
What a majestic bird that eagle is. I’m fascinated by how he did not return the favor to the mockingbird(s). And equally fascinated by how bold the mockingbird(s) were! Would you dare peck an eagle’s head?! Poor guy, finally left. I bet the mockingbirds had a nest nearby or something (as you speculated). Great series of photos.
I’m still wondering if those bold mockingbirds did have a nest nearby or if they were just being annoying pains in the rump and simply giving the eagle a hard time for being in ‘their’ tree. The eagle did have patience with them though.
What a fabulous series of photos. Eagles are so amazing.
Thank you Deb, I always enjoy seeing the eagles.
So big, powerful and … helpless. Great photos especially working with that light background.
I suppose there is not a lot the big boy can do other then leave the tree which is what he eventually did do. He can’t really grab one unless he caught it out in the open which those birds are too smart to let happen.
I was probably lucky to have the light grey sky background because if the sun was out, they all would have been severely back lit.
Hehe, 🙂 Great job!
Thanks so much for looking and commenting!
Ha! Love it. The last shot especially…
You tell by that last shot the eagle was not in a particularly good mood. 🙂
What a great story! I can never decide whether those little guys are brave or just stupid.
That’s the perfect question and I don’t know which it is either. They sure can be bold little devils though can’t they?! 🙂
That little mocking bird has a lot of cheek trying to annoy the eagle. I like your composition of branches as the background. The shots are fabulous as always, especially the one of the “shout” 🙂
Thank you Paula, and yes those birds do have a lot of nerve although they may not be too smart. 🙂
They got away with it this time but that eagle just might remember their behavior.
Thank you, Phil! My first sight of mocking bird! What attractive birds they are – and very brave!
So glad you enjoyed seeing these Maggie! Those mockingbirds are funny but not sure how smart they are. It’s not really a great idea to annoy the eagle. 🙂
No matter where they are, those mockingbirds are just a pain in the neck.
You have clearly demonstrated this in the series.
Oh that is absolutely true Larry, they do have an uncanny ability to be annoying. They have been known to dive bomb at your head if you happen to go near a nest which will generally be placed around your front door. 😀
I haven’t seen an eagle being hassled like this, but I have seen many hawks being harassed by much smaller birds and it is amazing the impunity with which the tinier species operate. I think you are probably right about a nearby nest. Very nice series showing the interaction, Phil.
Those eagles usually give the ospreys a very hard time so for once the eagle is getting buzzed by the mockingbirds which must be like mosquitos to him.
Thanks for checking these out and glad you enjoyed them!
Fantastic captures, Phil! During the winter months in my IL hometown, we’d often have sightings of the eagles. along the Mississippi River. Where did you take this wonderful set?
Hi Tricia, thank you very much for looking and commenting, I appreciate it.
Great seeing eagles isn’t it?! I spotted this one near where I live in the coastal SC area just south of Myrtle Beach.
Wow, those are beautiful shots of the eagle! I’m finally able to catch a few minutes to pop in and visit a few blogs.