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.”
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.