WARNING: The video below shows acts of predation, to wit: an eagle knocking a mountain goat off a cliff to its death and carrying it away, so don’t watch it unless you can stomach nature at its reddest of tooth and claw.
I have a vague recollection that I’ve posted this before, but even if I have it’s worth another look—and of course there are a fair number of new readers in the last few months.
I don’t really know the goat or eagle species involved, but I trust the commentariat will enlighten me (be sure to include the Latin binomials!). My guess is that the goats are chamoix (Rupicapra rupicapra) and the eagle is a golden eagle (YouTube video says that), Aquila chrysaetos.
But this truly is one of the most amazing nature videos I’ve seen. If you watch it, be sure to watch the whole seven-minute clip, for there is some stunning footage near the end.
Note how, in the first bit, the eagle covers the prey with its wings: a common behavior thought to hide one’s kill from other predators who could steal it. Note, too, how the chamoix chase the eagle away when they’re on terra firma, and how the eagle’s advantage comes when the prey is on the cliffs. Finally, I was stunned by the fact that an eagle can actually fly with a chamoix (granted, a young one) in its talons.