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.
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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.