|Broad-winged hawk swoops on bald eagle|
|Smaller hawk leaves the much-larger eagle to its perch|
From time to time you see smaller birds attacking, or maybe feigning attacks, on larger birds but they are playing with fire.
|Doug Billings with northern pike|
The black raven tried to use its shorter wingspan to outmanoeuvre the big eagle but it didn't work. The eagle could pull swallow-like turns, loops, climbs and dives. Whenever the raven got a little separation the eagle, pumping its big wings faster than I thought possible for such a big bird, closed the space in an instant. The two birds twisted and turned around and around in what was pretty much a freefall until finally, just before striking the ground, they pulled apart. The raven streaked away in a panic and the eagle resumed its bomber-like flight.
The broad-winged hawk is a small hawk, about the size of a crow. It is probably the most conspicuous of the Boreal Forest hawks, most of which are small to medium in size. The broad-winged has a very high-pitched screech that you often hear when you are fishing. It soars in circles, always with its mate nearby. A good way to identify the broad-winged is to note the dark bands on its tail and the light colour of the underside of its wings. They show dark just on the trailing edge.
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