Photographer catches blackbird perched on eagle’s back

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Photographer catches blackbird perched on eagle’s back
The money picture shows the smaller bird riding on the back of the eagle, but it doesn’t tell the whole story. (Source: Jason McCarty/Facebook)

FRIDLEY, Minn. (Gray News) — Amateur nature photographer Jason McCarty didn’t know what he had until he finished snapping shots of a rather testy encounter between a bald eagle and a red-winged blackbird.

“Piggyback ride anyone? Eagle Uber?” McCarty posted on Facebook. “The Red Wing Blackbird is perched in the middle of her back. WOW is all I can say.”

Piggyback ride anyone? Eagle Uber? Never in my life thought I would ever get a chance to photograph this again. And to...

Posted by Jason McCarty on Friday, June 28, 2019

The money picture shows the smaller bird riding on the back of the eagle, but it doesn’t tell the whole story.

The blackbird wasn’t so much hopping a ride as defending its turf, McCarty told CNN.

The picture just before shows the blackbird gaining on the much-larger, but less-mobile eagle in a swamp north of Minneapolis.

McCarty said the eagle was unfazed by the smaller bird’s attack and returned to her nest and her eaglets.

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