Golden Eagle sees off Red Fox Thief.

Snatch and Grab.
Stefan hiked for five kilometres in thick snow in the Sinite Kamani National Park in Bulgaria to reach a hide known to be a golden eagle hotspot.
It was one of the coldest winters in recent years, and using a vehicle was out of the question.
On the second day, he spent a long while watching a golden eagle eating a carcass. ‘I was able to get some great portrait shots,’ says Stefan, ‘but what happened next took me by surprise.’
A red fox sidled up and tried to snatch the meal, but the eagle was having none of it.
“After a short, fierce spat, the fox fled with the eagle literally hard on its heels.”
A golden eagle can kill prey even bigger than a fox, but with a carcass to defend, the eagle was almost certainly just trying to scare the fox away rather than grab it.
Source: Gallery: Top wildlife photographs in 2012

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