A webcam has caught footage of a bald eagle snatching a nearly full-sized osprey chick from a nest in Maine.
The footage shows the eagle swoop in on the trio of chicks, hauling off one while another flees the treetop nest on Hog Island. A third chick crouched flat and avoided capture.
The Portland Press Herald reports the webcam is operated by the National Audubon Society and Explore.org. A mating pair reared the chicks this year and the birds were near the point of fledging, or taking flight, when the eagle attacked.
Experts say the chick that leaped from the nest took its first flight. An intern found the bird perched high in a nearby tree. The webcam showed the two surviving birds in the nest on Wednesday.