National Geographic : 2002 Jul
It's snatch as snatch can when as many as 4,000 eagles pile up on afive-mile stretch of the Chil kat River. Here, in thefall, thousands of chum salmon spawn and die-and the eagles don't let them go to waste. In one aerobaticduel (left) the lower eagle defends a partly eaten salmon near the shore. Seconds later (above) the assail ant dive-bombs the defender, sprayflying from wet feathers. In Homer (below) a youngster, at right,fights two adult eaglesforfish. With no young to feed, immatures canfly farther to find food, though they often rely on scavenging and piracy. Experience Sights & Sounds of bald eagles and hear behind the scenes tales from photographer Norbert Rosing at nationalgeographic.com /ngm/0207.