Lets be honest, wildlife camera traps can be a crap shoot. You rarely get images of what you are looking for, and at times you can get a lots of false positives. But wading through all the crap and sometimes you strike gold. That is what happened in 2011 with a wildlife camera trap setup in Siberia by the London Zoological Society (LZS).
Now if I were to ask you off hand about a deer and eagle dukeing it out the logical answer would be that the deer has a a large size advantage and therefore must be the more likely victor. I would still say that this is the case 9 times out of 10, but on one cold day in Siberia during 2011 that 1 time I would be wrong occurred.
The camera trap setup by the LZS managed to capture three frames of what appears to be a Golden Eagle attacking a Sika Deer. The frames paint a gruesome picture, and huge (in my opinion) golden eagle perched – talons deep – on the back of the deer. Surely the deer got away, yes? No, according to the researchers they found the carcass of the deer not far from the camera trap. Golden Eagle 1 – Sika Deer 0.
In reality there are loads of references in scientific literature documenting what most would consider odd eagle attacks. One such attack reportedly occurred with an eagle successfully killing a brown bear cub. Regardless, this is not something you see everyday and it is quite amazing if you ask me.
What are your thoughts? Would you ever think an eagle capable of taking down such a large (in comparison) mammal?