National Geographic : 2002 Jul
A muddy red fox and a bald eagle square off on a capelin-strewn beach (below). "The eagle repeatedlyflew off, then returnedto claim the beach," Rosing says. Forhalfan hour they traded threats,feints, and attacks. Sometimes the eagle leaped at the fox head-on (below right). Turning the tables, thefox charged the eagle, momentarily driving it off (below left). Eventually the capelin repastproved enoughfor both. Spawningfish are windfalls for bald eagles. "One day 17 eagles were on this beach feeding on capelin," says Rosing. Though they often scavenge, the eagles will readilykill live fish and other prey, including birds and mammals.