The Best of Eagle Attacks You Won’t Believe Actually Happened

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With a wingspan that can reach up to 8 feet and the powerful sight that allows them to spot prey from a distance of several miles, eagles are without a doubt, one of the most skillful hunters out there. Once the eagles spot the prey, they just swoop down on it and grab it before the poor animal can even realize what just happened. 

we here on the Blind Side will be looking at some of the best eagle attacks you won’t believe actually happened. Better stay tuned for number 1 because that attack is simply unbelievable.

20. Eagle vs. Octopus

In this video captured on Canada’s Vancouver Island fishermen are rescuing a bald eagle from the grips of octopus tentacles after the eagle tried to attack it. Just look at the size of this thing. That might just be the biggest octopus in the world. The eagle definitely chose the wrong target. 

19. Eagle vs. Sea Snake

The sea snake can kill a scuba diver with its potent venom, so it’s no wonder most underwater predators stay the hell away from it. But the real danger for the sea snake comes from the sky. 

In this video, you can see the white-bellied sea eagle grabbing and snatching the sea snake out of the water. You can then see the eagle flying towards the nest with its prize. Soon enough, the snake starts to fight back, trying to inject the venom and kill its abductor, but to no avail. The eagle is just too powerful.

18. Eagle vs. Rattlesnake

Western diamondback rattlesnake is one of the most dangerous snakes in the world that can kill any creature with its hemotoxic venom. But that doesn’t stop this red-tailed hawk from making the meal out of it. The hawk approaches its target, but the rattlesnake is instantly on guard and it sounds its trademark warning signal. You can then see the hawk trying to divert its target, get it to strike at its wing feathers and expose its head. And soon enough, the hawk catches the snake and digs in its talons. 

17. Eagle vs. Water Chevrotain

In this video, you can see the crown eagle chasing a water chevrotain. As soon as the eagle spots the chevrotain, it swoops in for the kill, but the chevrotain jumps into the water. The eagle now has to wait for its target to come up for air. 

You can then see the eagle attacking what he thought was the chevrotain. Turns out it was actually a rock. This leaves the eagle pretty confused.

16. Eagle vs. Grasshopper mouse

This intense video begins with Harris’s hawk chasing the cute little Grasshopper mouse. After a rather intense chase, the mouse manages to escape. Unfortunately for the mouse, these hawks hunt in packs. Next, you can see one of them isolating the mouse, while the others ambush it. Their long legs are ideal for pulling rodents out of hiding, but this one, in particular, is out of reach.

The hawk doesn’t seem to be too troubled by the fact that the mouse escaped as it ended up catching the lizard instead. 

15. Eagle vs. Monkey

In this video, you can see a harpy eagle hunting a monkey. At first, the monkey is out of reach as it is hidden under the canopy. The eagle patiently waits for the monkey to expose himself. And before you ask, yes, the harpy eagle is perfectly capable of carrying prey as heavy as a monkey.

The monkeys, on the other hand, are very clever and difficult to attack by surprise as you can see in this video. Better luck next time.

14. The African fish eagle vs. Goliath Heron

And now we have the battle between the Goliath Heron and the African Fish Eagle. Standing at about 4.5 feet, the Goliath Heron is the largest heron in the world. It also has has a wingspan of at least 7 feet. 

In this video, you can see the Goliath Heron catching a fish when all of a sudden the African Fish Eagle swoops in to haze the heron which forces it to drop the fish. 

13. Peregrine falcon: a feathered fighter jet

Peregrine falcons can fly at 240 miles per hour, but they need much more than raw speed to get a meal.

In this video, you can see the peregrine’s signature move which is called the stoop. This dive turns the bird into an aerodynamic missile aimed at its prey. A peregrine then hits the bird with a huge amount of force and knocks it to the ground. And just like that, the dinner is served.

12. A man hunts with changeable hawk-eagle

When you think of pets, dogs and cats usually come to mind. Well, how about an eagle? That’s right, this man took his pet, a changeable hawk-eagle named Theo to hunt some birds. Now that’s quite a unique way to hunt. I’ve never seen anything like this in my life. But I’ve got to admit. These catches are pretty incredible. This is one well-trained eagle, you can’t argue with that.

11. Launching eagle like a bullet

In this next clip, you can see Theo demonstrating his incredible skill and killer instinct. Just look at these attacks. The man straight-up launches Theo like a bullet and Theo does the rest. These poor birds don’t stand a chance when he is around, there’s no doubt about it. I definitely don’t want to mess with this killing machine.

10. Eagle hunts a fox 

This incredible footage shows a golden eagle chasing a fox. But the fox isn’t an easy target. It takes several attempts for an eagle to even come near the fox. And then you can see the two animals wrestling. The attack almost backfired on the eagle. The fox appeared to have an advantage before finally making its escape. 

9. Hunting in winter

And now, an amazing video of a golden eagle flying over the Alpes, trying to find something to eat. Thanks to its exceptional sight it is able to spot prey more than 2 miles away. However, this eagle isn’t the only hunter here, so when luck smiles on him, he must act quickly. Watch as the eagle dives at more than 180 miles an hour to feast on this carcass of a fox. The crows bother the eagle for a bit with one crow even biting its wing. But the annoying crows are the least of his worries because there’s another, bigger eagle trying to take its place. Now, this is what you call an epic fight. The eagle manages to chase the intruder but it is not the end of its pains as such a feast will surely attract the nearby raptors.

7. Eagle attacks a million geese

In this video, you can see what’s got to be a million geese. It’s truly a remarkable sight. I’ve never seen so many birds in one place.

But one eagle is enough to cause panic among the birds. They are now handicapped by their number and the collisions are inevitable. Some geese are injured and those who find themselves isolated are easy targets.

6. Eagle attacks a goose

In this amazing video, you can see an eagle just flying around in all his glory minding his own business. When all of a sudden he spots a goose. The eagle wastes no time as he approaches the goose, grabs it and drowns it.

This video perfectly captures an eagle using his skills and strength to make a kill. These wings must be pretty strong as he is able to drag the goose all the way to the shore. 

5. Eagle plucking Starling

This rather disturbing video shows us a Sparrowhawk plucking a young Starling while it’s still alive. As you can imagine, starling doesn’t stay alive for very long. I can’t help but wonder why the guy filming the video didn’t do something about it. I guess he was afraid of the predator as well.  

4. Eagle catches baby warthog

This footage shows a couple of baby warthogs quickly crossing the road when all of a sudden an eagle comes out and grabs one of them. The camera then zooms in on the eagle with its prey. Baby warthog is still alive at this point. You can see it fighting under a tight grip of the eagle for a while. Once the warthog dies, the eagle just flies off as if nothing happened. The video is pretty sad, but that’s what you get when you stand in a way of the mighty eagle.

3. Eagle vs. iguana

This video like many others on this list begins with a shot of an eagle flying around ready to make his move. Who is gonna be the target this time? Whoa there. Is that iguana? I would be afraid to even come close to this animal. It’s scary as hell.

But just look at the speed this eagle is flying. The iguana is also running pretty fast, but the eagle is obviously a very experienced hunter. Wait, did he place his nails straight into iguana’s eyes? What a ruthless murderer. 

2. Eagle catches a fish

I definitely have a problem with the whole killing part, but there is something incredibly satisfying in watching an eagle fly. This video perfectly captures the speed and the hunting skills of an eagle. Watch as he dives into the water and catches a fish with stunning precision. Simply amazing.

1. Eagle hunts a small kid

Just when you think you’ve seen it all, you stumble upon a video of an eagle trying to snatch little kid. Yes, a kid. Take a look. The eagle approaches the baby and…the guy puts a camera down. Wait, what? He’s running towards a baby to check if he is alright. Hm, okay. But I wanna know what happened?

Luckily, the clip then goes on to actually show us the attack and you can see the eagle carrying a baby for a while and then dropping him on the ground. It’s unbelievable. Almost as if the video is edited. Do you think the video is fake? Put your thoughts in the comments below and tell me which one of these eagle attacks have fascinated you the most?

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