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Ring-billed Gulls (Larus delawarensis)
Today I got another chance to check out the Bald Eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) at Milford Lake. I was surprised at first to see the eagles just sitting on the ice among a flock of Ring-billed Gulls (Larus delawarensis), mostly because I couldn't believe that the gulls were brave enough to share the ice with such a predator. Then I realized what was going on. The gulls would catch a fish and were able to eat on it for a little while, but then the Bald Eagles would come over and take the fish as their own. Another behavior that I had read about but never seen in eagles.
Thieving is a common way for Bald Eagles to obtain their food. Eagles have even been known to harass other raptors while they are hunting until they drop their catch. This takes away from the majesty of these wonderful birds a little bit, but everyone has to eat somehow.
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