In the video, a bald eagle and a species of goose are along on the frozen surface of a tundra. The goose is either a Canada goose or a cackling goose by its appearance. Feathers litter the ground, and the goose appears to be already injured, although the video leaves it unclear whether the attack came from the eagle or a previous predator. Despite the injury, however, the goose is unwilling to back down. It attempts to stand, wings spread, as if to intimidate the eagle from attacking again. The eagle leaps into the air several times, perhaps considering striking the goose, but no attack occurs. By the end of the video, the goose is alive, but the eagle still looms over it, both of their fates unknown.
Do Bald Eagles Eat Geese?
As a raptor and expert hunter, bald eagles will feast on a variety of prey. This includes other birds and even larger species, such as geese. However, although they can and do hunt geese, bald eagles are likelier to choose smaller prey, such as fish. This is because they can be easier to catch and fly away with, using up less energy.
While bald eagles may be raptors, however, a healthy goose is often able to hold its own against one of these birds of prey. As a result, it is much more common to see bald eagles choosing to pursue geese or even ducks that are already injured.
Other common animals that make up the bald eagle’s diet include:
- Sea birds
- Prairie dogs
- Carrion (when young).
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