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(KING 5 News)   Yeah right: Bald eagle steals the fish off your line while you were reeling it in. Fark you buddy: You have the pictures to prove it   (king5.com) divider line 79
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2012-07-02 12:05:57 AM  
That guy needs a bigger boat.
 
2012-07-02 12:29:48 AM  
That's some purpose driven photography.
 
2012-07-02 01:15:58 AM  
Best. Fishing Story. Ever.
 
2012-07-02 01:23:07 AM  
www.blogcdn.com
 
2012-07-02 05:45:45 AM  
Stole my invisible fish
 
2012-07-02 05:58:18 AM  
25.media.tumblr.com

That bird is naked under his feathers.
 
2012-07-02 06:08:11 AM  
USA! FARK, YEAH!!

would be a good caption for the first picture
 
2012-07-02 06:23:58 AM  
Loved the link below the photo:

See all 2 photos
 
2012-07-02 06:32:15 AM  
I'm waiting for the Tea Partiers to come in and say that this is a clear allegory for taxation. The eagle (aka the government) swoops in and takes the man's hard earned bounty. Nothing like working and working and finally earning something, only to have that damned eagle snatch it from your grasp!

I can't decide if I need more coffee or less.
 
2012-07-02 06:47:51 AM  
Don't you Americans have guns for this sort of thing?
 
2012-07-02 06:55:13 AM  
That's way cooler than catching half a fish because a shark took the other half.
 
2012-07-02 07:02:22 AM  
It is not the strongest species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but rather those which are most adaptive to change.
 
2012-07-02 07:03:08 AM  
FAKE!!

/Trolololol
 
2012-07-02 07:20:55 AM  

violentsalvation: That's some purpose driven photography.


I see what you did there.
 
2012-07-02 07:22:53 AM  
Yeesh, they're getting as bad as the seagulls in Ocean City stealing people's french fries from the buckets.
 
2012-07-02 07:40:43 AM  
I've seen a number of photoshops in my day and I can tell the picture is fake. Just look at the pixels.
 
2012-07-02 07:42:32 AM  
That. Is. AWESOME!
 
2012-07-02 07:45:19 AM  
if I was that fisherman, I wouldn't be mad. How could you? that was pretty bad-ass. And to have a shot of it? even more bad-ass.

Oh, and SniperJoe? Lighten up, Francis.
 
2012-07-02 07:54:44 AM  
biatch stole my fish.
 
2012-07-02 07:56:49 AM  

TenaciousDMZ: Oh, and SniperJoe? Lighten up, Francis.


media.skateboard.com.au
 
2012-07-02 08:02:50 AM  
This is a clear allegory for taxation. The eagle (aka the government) swoops in and takes the man's hard earned bounty. Nothing like working and working and finally earning something, only to have that damned eagle snatch it from your grasp!
 
2012-07-02 08:02:57 AM  
That big, damn, majestic bastard!
 
2012-07-02 08:03:02 AM  

SniperJoe: I'm waiting for the Tea Partiers to come in and say that this is a clear allegory for taxation. The eagle (aka the government) swoops in and takes the man's hard earned bounty. Nothing like working and working and finally earning something, only to have that damned eagle snatch it from your grasp!

I can't decide if I need more coffee or less.


"For my own part I wish the Bald Eagle had not been chosen the Representative of our Country. He is a Bird of bad moral Character. He does not get his Living honestly. You may have seen him perched on some dead Tree near the River, where, too lazy to fish for himself, he watches the Labour of the Fishing Hawk; and when that diligent Bird has at length taken a Fish, and is bearing it to his Nest for the Support of his Mate and young Ones, the Bald Eagle pursues him and takes it from him."
-Benjamin Franklin
 
2012-07-02 08:04:13 AM  
fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net
 
2012-07-02 08:07:01 AM  
This past Thursday evening I watched an osprey catch a large catfish and fly about 50' up on its way to its nest and a bald eagle swooped up under the osprey and snatched the fish. Then about a half dozen other bald eagles swarmed in on the thief to try to steal it for themselves.

Eagles might look nice but they're no better than seagulls or pigeons.
 
2012-07-02 08:08:04 AM  
Bald Eagles are pretty common in my area (I'm an "area man") and are well known as opportunistic feeders who aren't shy. We have a lot of turkey and chicken farms in my area (see above) and bald eagles can be seen by the dozen in the trees around the dead bird compost piles. They will swoop down as the dead birds are being thrown on the pile and fight amongst themselves for the carcasses and frankly don't care much if a human gets in the way.
 
2012-07-02 08:14:34 AM  

Hawnkee: Yeesh, they're getting as bad as the seagulls in Ocean City stealing people's french fries from the buckets.


Reminds me of a story I was recently told. A friend told me about the time her class took a field trip to climb Halla mountain. They had planned to climb to the peak. As they climbed they found crows everywhere on the mountain, and the birds followed them as they climbed. When they got out their lunchboxes to eat lunch, the crows began flying right into the boxes and taking food out. They had to cancel the climb. Animals can be arseholes.
 
2012-07-02 08:32:21 AM  

Mytch: Hawnkee: Yeesh, they're getting as bad as the seagulls in Ocean City stealing people's french fries from the buckets.

Reminds me of a story I was recently told. A friend told me about the time her class took a field trip to climb Halla mountain. They had planned to climb to the peak. As they climbed they found crows everywhere on the mountain, and the birds followed them as they climbed. When they got out their lunchboxes to eat lunch, the crows began flying right into the boxes and taking food out. They had to cancel the climb. Animals can be arseholes.


Wait, they canceled the climb because of birds? Your "friend" and all of her friends are big, wet, hairy pussies.
 
2012-07-02 08:37:51 AM  

Lt_Ryan: SniperJoe: I'm waiting for the Tea Partiers to come in and say that this is a clear allegory for taxation. The eagle (aka the government) swoops in and takes the man's hard earned bounty. Nothing like working and working and finally earning something, only to have that damned eagle snatch it from your grasp!

I can't decide if I need more coffee or less.

"For my own part I wish the Bald Eagle had not been chosen the Representative of our Country. He is a Bird of bad moral Character. He does not get his Living honestly. You may have seen him perched on some dead Tree near the River, where, too lazy to fish for himself, he watches the Labour of the Fishing Hawk; and when that diligent Bird has at length taken a Fish, and is bearing it to his Nest for the Support of his Mate and young Ones, the Bald Eagle pursues him and takes it from him."
-Benjamin Franklin


It's okay, Ben. YOU are the symbol we REALLY care about.
1.bp.blogspot.com
/all about the Benjamins
 
2012-07-02 08:39:11 AM  

Mytch: Hawnkee: Yeesh, they're getting as bad as the seagulls in Ocean City stealing people's french fries from the buckets.

Reminds me of a story I was recently told. A friend told me about the time her class took a field trip to climb Halla mountain. They had planned to climb to the peak. As they climbed they found crows everywhere on the mountain, and the birds followed them as they climbed. When they got out their lunchboxes to eat lunch, the crows began flying right into the boxes and taking food out. They had to cancel the climb. Animals can be arseholes.


Yeah, especially the 500 pound monsters packing 100mm teeth and claws (subby's mam etc)

/oh wait, I thought you said bears, not crows.
 
2012-07-02 08:40:07 AM  
Caught a seagull in Canada like this. Reeling in a bass, and the seagull swooped in and off it went. I set the line, and the seagull fell out of the sky.
 
2012-07-02 08:49:19 AM  

TenaciousDMZ: if I was that fisherman, I wouldn't be mad. How could you? that was pretty bad-ass. And to have a shot of it? even more bad-ass.



The fisher-dude seems to be smiling.
 
2012-07-02 08:52:40 AM  
i282.photobucket.com

Saw my first bald eagle on vacation this year. It was amazing.
 
2012-07-02 08:56:31 AM  
Amazing shot - I'd be blowing that bad boy up to poster size and framing it if I was him.
 
2012-07-02 08:58:35 AM  
i86.photobucket.com
 
2012-07-02 08:58:55 AM  
Anyone else think that this guy was just dangling a fish out there waiting for an eagle to come by?

No? Just me, huh. Ok.
 
2012-07-02 09:00:23 AM  
Where do you live?

By the time I moved out of the Twin Cities back in 2005, I was seeing them in the city.

When I was in Alaska, they were as common as pigeons.... were damn near everywhere.



Gunny Highway: [i282.photobucket.com image 480x640]

Saw my first bald eagle on vacation this year. It was amazing.

 
2012-07-02 09:01:53 AM  
imagemacros.files.wordpress.com
Oblig.
 
2012-07-02 09:02:39 AM  
Kind of sucks that the eagle might eat the hook though.
 
2012-07-02 09:03:55 AM  

filter: Where do you live?

By the time I moved out of the Twin Cities back in 2005, I was seeing them in the city.

When I was in Alaska, they were as common as pigeons.... were damn near everywhere.



Gunny Highway: [i282.photobucket.com image 480x640]

Saw my first bald eagle on vacation this year. It was amazing.


I grew up in RI, moved to Queens, and now I am in Boston. There are some around but I never had to pleasure of seeing one until I went to Florida this year. We woke up and there were two in the tree outside the house.
 
2012-07-02 09:11:29 AM  

violentsalvation: That's some purpose driven photography.


Done in two.

Bravo
 
2012-07-02 09:29:46 AM  

jomauk59: Don't you Americans have guns for this sort of thing?


That is the one bird that is NEVER in season and has federal protection. Just possessing a few feathers could get you arrested. Using bald eagle feathers in an art craft and mailing it to the first lady(Hillary Clinton) can get you locked up.
 
2012-07-02 09:51:09 AM  
Utter nonsense. It is impossible to tell, from that photograph, whether or not that eagle was truly bald.
 
2012-07-02 09:58:05 AM  
My hometown. The lake is only about 6 acres and no motors are allowed on it. The fish never get very big there.
 
2012-07-02 09:58:57 AM  
I had a crane snag my bait (a mullet) in midair when I casted it out. It was abiatch to get the bird untangled withhout hurting it.

/csb
 
2012-07-02 10:00:05 AM  
Welfare queen.
 
2012-07-02 10:07:32 AM  

Gunny Highway: filter: Where do you live?

By the time I moved out of the Twin Cities back in 2005, I was seeing them in the city.

When I was in Alaska, they were as common as pigeons.... were damn near everywhere.



Gunny Highway: [i282.photobucket.com image 480x640]

Saw my first bald eagle on vacation this year. It was amazing.

I grew up in RI, moved to Queens, and now I am in Boston. There are some around but I never had to pleasure of seeing one until I went to Florida this year. We woke up and there were two in the tree outside the house.


Thanks to protectio and hefty penalties for poaching they have become kinda common in rural florida. They are quite cool to see.
 
2012-07-02 10:11:59 AM  
Is the dude in the raft wearing a pedo-bear suit or something? Seriously, when the furries start invading my favorite fishing hole (and no, that's not a euphemism), I'm putting my pole away (also, not a euphemism) forever!
 
2012-07-02 10:13:45 AM  

Interceptor1: This past Thursday evening I watched an osprey catch a large catfish and fly about 50' up on its way to its nest and a bald eagle swooped up under the osprey and snatched the fish. Then about a half dozen other bald eagles swarmed in on the thief to try to steal it for themselves.

Eagles might look nice but they're no better than seagulls or pigeons.


We see them for most of the year where I live too. I also agree that bald eagles are the assholes of the air most of time. Picking off smaller birds and scavenging anything they can steal away from everything else. They also drove the red tail hawks out of the area and took over their nests. They truly are the symbol of the United States.
 
2012-07-02 10:17:32 AM  

Philbigtime: Mytch: Hawnkee: Yeesh, they're getting as bad as the seagulls in Ocean City stealing people's french fries from the buckets.

Reminds me of a story I was recently told. A friend told me about the time her class took a field trip to climb Halla mountain. They had planned to climb to the peak. As they climbed they found crows everywhere on the mountain, and the birds followed them as they climbed. When they got out their lunchboxes to eat lunch, the crows began flying right into the boxes and taking food out. They had to cancel the climb. Animals can be arseholes.

Wait, they canceled the climb because of birds? Your "friend" and all of her friends are big, wet, hairy pussies.


Betcha if they had fought back effectively enough to save their food, the whole school would have gone bankrupt from the lawsuits from parents outraged that their precious snowflakes learned a little too much about nature.

/even if the crows had been driven off by bald eagles
//"My baby has PTSD from seeing the big cute birdy eat the little cute birdy, and someone needs to pay for it!"
 
2012-07-02 10:21:46 AM  

Igor Jakovsky: I had a crane snag my bait (a mullet) in midair when I casted it out. It was abiatch to get the bird untangled withhout hurting it.

/csb


And all this time, I thought you were supposed to use spinning lures, worms, or pieces of other fish as bait. I never knew that you could fish with hair.

keslerski.files.wordpress.com

/I learned something today.
 
2012-07-02 10:31:07 AM  

teto85: Best. Fishing Story. Ever.


I was riding my bike to work one day and a live fish (about a 15" catfish) fell out of the sky and lay on the street in front of me flapping around. It was a real head scratcher. I looked up - nothing. I watched from a distance, thinking maybe a bird dropped it and would come back and claim it, but the only birds were a couple of crows (and there's no way they could have lifted that fish). . This happened between 2 relatively tall buildings, so my only guess was that someone maybe threw it off the roof of one of the buildings.

About a year later I got the answer. I saw a bald eagle carrying a fish it had just pulled from the lake, and a group of crows were diving at it and harassing it. Eventually the eagle dropped the fish and flew off, and the crows swooped on it.

If any benighted soul chooses to use this as a political metaphor for the current state of America, I demand my part be played by Johnny Depp (the cool one, not the gay one).
 
2012-07-02 10:36:34 AM  

Hawnkee: Yeesh, they're getting as bad as the seagulls in Ocean City stealing people's french fries from the buckets.


Watched a seagull on neighboring Assateague Island swoop down and take a hot dog off a hot grill once. but that wasn't nearly as impressive as the wild pony that used his hoof as a knife to slit the screen on a screen tent so he could get his nose through, then popped the lid off a cooler and ate The canteloupe and Captain Crunch inside (but turned up his nose at the Cheerios)
 
2012-07-02 10:36:49 AM  

Igor Jakovsky: Gunny Highway: filter: Where do you live?

By the time I moved out of the Twin Cities back in 2005, I was seeing them in the city.

When I was in Alaska, they were as common as pigeons.... were damn near everywhere.



Gunny Highway: [i282.photobucket.com image 480x640]

Saw my first bald eagle on vacation this year. It was amazing.

I grew up in RI, moved to Queens, and now I am in Boston. There are some around but I never had to pleasure of seeing one until I went to Florida this year. We woke up and there were two in the tree outside the house.

Thanks to protectio and hefty penalties for poaching they have become kinda common in rural florida. They are quite cool to see.


also here in portland - there are several - at the waste treatment facility.

let me tell you, nothing illustrates the regal & beauty of our nations majestic symbol like the smell of waste treatment & methane flames.

brings a tear n such.
 
2012-07-02 10:40:51 AM  

SniperJoe: I'm waiting for the Tea Partiers to come in and say that this is a clear allegory for taxation. The eagle (aka the government) swoops in and takes the man's hard earned bounty. Nothing like working and working and finally earning something, only to have that damned eagle snatch it from your grasp!

I can't decide if I need more coffee or less.



Yeah but the Eagle represents America, which is good, not the American government, which is evil.

Photoshop it into a pheasant, or a flying turkey, with Nancy Pelosi's face, and then you could use it for a taxation allegory.
 
2012-07-02 10:58:01 AM  
Sweet Dee could have told him this was bound to happen.
 
2012-07-02 11:08:04 AM  

trippdogg: teto85: Best. Fishing Story. Ever.

I was riding my bike to work one day and a live fish (about a 15" catfish) fell out of the sky and lay on the street in front of me flapping around. It was a real head scratcher. I looked up - nothing. I watched from a distance, thinking maybe a bird dropped it and would come back and claim it, but the only birds were a couple of crows (and there's no way they could have lifted that fish). . This happened between 2 relatively tall buildings, so my only guess was that someone maybe threw it off the roof of one of the buildings.

About a year later I got the answer. I saw a bald eagle carrying a fish it had just pulled from the lake, and a group of crows were diving at it and harassing it. Eventually the eagle dropped the fish and flew off, and the crows swooped on it.

If any benighted soul chooses to use this as a political metaphor for the current state of America, I demand my part be played by Johnny Depp (the cool one, not the gay one).


I don't think you get to choose which Johnny Depp shows up on set.
 
2012-07-02 11:13:40 AM  
When I hear stories of an animal snarfing a fisherman's catch off the line, I think "What if the animal swallows the hook when it eats its stolen catch?"
 
2012-07-02 11:20:13 AM  

Dadburns: Bald Eagles are pretty common in my area (I'm an "area man") and are well known as opportunistic feeders who aren't shy. We have a lot of turkey and chicken farms in my area (see above) and bald eagles can be seen by the dozen in the trees around the dead bird compost piles. They will swoop down as the dead birds are being thrown on the pile and fight amongst themselves for the carcasses and frankly don't care much if a human gets in the way.


Okay, so this is a rather random question: I've been planning on raising more chickens on more land in the future (I only have 5 now). What do you do with the dead bird compost piles? I'm such a noob, I really would probably have a sectioned area to bury them or something.
 
2012-07-02 11:38:43 AM  

LordJiro: This is a clear allegory for taxation. The eagle (aka the government) swoops in and takes the man's hard earned bounty. Nothing like working and working and finally earning something, only to have that damned eagle snatch it from your grasp!


Beautiful.
 
2012-07-02 11:47:05 AM  
I hope that eagle gets colon cancer.
 
2012-07-02 12:09:03 PM  
Amazing shot - I'd be blowing that bad boy up to poster size and framing it if I was him.

He could probably make a couple bucks selling that to local restaurants or fishing lodges.
 
2012-07-02 12:09:35 PM  

SniperJoe: I'm waiting for the Tea Partiers to come in and say that this is a clear allegory for taxation. The eagle (aka the government) swoops in and takes the man's hard earned bounty. Nothing like working and working and finally earning something, only to have that damned eagle snatch it from your grasp!

I can't decide if I need more coffee or less.


You need a shrink
 
2012-07-02 12:10:56 PM  

Cloudchaser Sakonige the Red Wolf: When I hear stories of an animal snarfing a fisherman's catch off the line, I think "What if the animal swallows the hook when it eats its stolen catch?"


csb but this happened to me. Fish on the line, a duck decides he sees the easy meal and swallows my fish. Duck hooked. Bloody mess. Stupid duck.
 
2012-07-02 12:19:40 PM  

Deathfrogg: My hometown. The lake is only about 6 acres and no motors are allowed on it. The fish never get very big there.


I knew I couldn't be the only 'Hamster on Fark.
 
2012-07-02 12:22:11 PM  

Lt. Cheese Weasel: You need a shrink


Apparently what I actually need is to use a [SARCASM] tag. See my above post from 7:56 AM.
 
2012-07-02 12:24:38 PM  
At least it didnt take his wallet too.

i.dailymail.co.uk
 
2012-07-02 12:25:37 PM  
 
2012-07-02 12:44:12 PM  

SniperJoe: I'm waiting for the Tea Partiers to come in and say that this is a clear allegory for taxation. The eagle (aka the government) swoops in and takes the man's hard earned bounty. Nothing like working and working and finally earning something, only to have that damned eagle snatch it from your grasp!

I can't decide if I need more coffee or less.


Not a tax, it's a penalty. Man works for something and the gubment comes and takes it away. No, it's not a tax, it's a penalty.
 
2012-07-02 01:33:47 PM  
I've lost a few fish to loons, and an osprey tried to take a fish off my line once. No eagles though.. although, when fishing for bull trout I did have a golden eagle let me know i was fishing too close to him.
 
2012-07-02 04:13:23 PM  

SniperJoe: I'm waiting for the Tea Partiers to come in and say that this is a clear allegory for taxation. The eagle (aka the government) swoops in and takes the man's hard earned bounty. Nothing like working and working and finally earning something, only to have that damned eagle snatch it from your grasp!

I can't decide if I need more coffee or less.


Wow! I'm sure you'll get some bites with that one.
 
2012-07-02 04:49:05 PM  
I can't figure this out: The FISHERMAN says he took the pictures... but the photographs are clearly taken from another boat looking at him.

Something ain't right here.
 
2012-07-02 04:54:40 PM  

cr0100: I can't figure this out: The FISHERMAN says he took the pictures... but the photographs are clearly taken from another boat looking at him.

Something ain't right here.


THANK you, I figured someone else would have picked up on that by now. How did he manage it???
 
2012-07-02 04:56:30 PM  
Wait, reading comprehension FAIL.

His buddy had the camera and was fishing near enough to get pics.

/I am so ashamed at my reading failure
 
2012-07-02 05:00:42 PM  
This isn't rare. I used to fish in WI and eagles stalk you. One flew at my empty lure while I was casting.
 
2012-07-02 05:12:16 PM  
Thanks, bsteiny. I guess I didn't read as carefully as I thought I had..
 
2012-07-02 06:59:13 PM  
outside of the Elm Street Jr High school, during the last week of school, a bald eagle sat in one of the trees in front of the building. The school mascot is the Elm Street Eagles. Pics in the local paper. Thought it was pretty cool.

/although a nesting pair caused considerable delay, expense and re-routed an airport access road in Bedford about 10 years ago.
 
2012-07-02 07:42:39 PM  

555-FILK: Wow! I'm sure you'll get some bites with that one.


I did! I wasn't even trying to troll, I was just being a sarcastic bastard!
 
2012-07-03 03:33:12 PM  

Mytch: Hawnkee: Yeesh, they're getting as bad as the seagulls in Ocean City stealing people's french fries from the buckets.

Reminds me of a story I was recently told. A friend told me about the time her class took a field trip to climb Halla mountain. They had planned to climb to the peak. As they climbed they found crows everywhere on the mountain, and the birds followed them as they climbed. When they got out their lunchboxes to eat lunch, the crows began flying right into the boxes and taking food out. They had to cancel the climb. Animals can be arseholes.


I used to work at a Bar/restaurant, and one morning as i was taking out the trash i saw this huge Crow fly into the dumpster for some food. I snuck up to the dumpster and closed the lid trapping the bird Imagine his surprise when he opened the dumpster lid and that crow came flying out.
 
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