A bald eagle feeds a baby red-tailed hawk in a nest in Sidney, something biologists say has rarely been seen in nature. June 7, 2017. (CTV Vancouver Island)
Red-tailed hawks usually fear eagles in nature, competing for similar prey — and sometimes becoming prey themselves. But in Sidney, B.C., one bald eagle is defying the usual bird politics, taking a baby hawk into her nest and under her wing.
Dr. David Bird, of the Hancock Wildlife Foundation, says the female bald eagle most likely snatched the four-week old red-tailed hawk from its nest with the intention of serving it as food to her eaglets. But instead, something unbelievable occurred.
“What probably happened in this case is that when they brought this little guy back, he probably begged for food, as he would do, not even realizing the danger it was in,” said Dr. Bird, who has been helping to monitor …