|Slope Soaring UMX Radian|
|Slope Seen from Front|
When I started flying my glider I noticed small birds flying around also possibly chasing it at times, after a time I did not see them again. What followed was one of the biggest surprises when flying a model airplane; I see this huge bird fly from behind me to out in front. It was maybe only 50 feet away from me as it passed by. It had the distinctive white head and tail of a bald eagle. The eagle flew out front of me and then started to climb in a thermal, I landed my glider and started to video the flight of the eagle. What I saw next was a small bird was following the eagle as it was climbing ever higher.
|Bald Eagle Chased by Small Bird|
When I got home I searched on the Internet to see why a small bird would chase after such a large bird as an eagle. There term for this is “mobbing” which is fairly common for a variety of combinations of small birds and raptors. One might wonder why the raptor doesn’t try to retaliate and grab the small birds with its talons but it seems that the energy expenditure to do so just isn’t worth it.