Don’t get too close to my nest! Stunning images show a protective blue jay taking on a mighty bald eagle using its wing to FLAP the bird’s beak
- An amateur photographer in Arlington, Massachusetts captured the moment a blue jay pitted against a bald eagle that got too close to its nest
- A group of blue jays gathered and started bombarding the eagle as it perched on a pine tree
- The eagle yelled at the blue jays, suggesting them to retreat, when one swooped in – wings outstretched – and slapped him on the beak
- The photographer says the meeting left him speechless
This is when a Blue Jay took on a mighty Bald Eagle – for getting too close to its nest.
Stunning photos from Arlington, Massachusetts show the bald eagle being slammed over the bill after getting too close to a blue jay’s protective nest.
The eagle was perched on a pine tree when the blue jay dove in and hit the bird of prey with its outstretched wing.
Amateur photographer Guilong Charles Cheng, 43, who captured the shocking interaction on camera, said the adult eagle screamed back in surprise.
“I was speechless, but kept shooting,” he said.
Amateur photographer Guilong Charles Cheng captured the moment a bald eagle was struck over the beak in Arlington, Massachusetts
The eagle was perched on a pine tree when the blue jay dove in and hit the bird of prey with its outstretched wing
The photographer says a group of blue jays “collected and started bombing” the eagle while it was in the tree.
The eagle yelled at the blue jays and signaled them to back off, when one came close and fluttered at the bird.
“Jays are bossy and think they own all the trees around them. The eagle screamed desperately at the blue jays, but she couldn’t really do much,’ Cheng explained.
‘The blue jays, while much smaller than the eagles, are known for being bossy. They also know that while they are no match for the eagles, they can defeat the eagle at close range.’
Photographer says a group of blue jays ‘collected and started bombing’ the eagle while it was perched in the tree, reportedly too close to the blue jay’s nest
The eagle screamed at the blue jays and signaled them to back off, when one came close and fluttered at the bird
The blue jay flies above the bald eagle before diving in and
A blue jay is seen beating a bald eagle with its wing
Photographer Guilong Charles Cheng said he was ‘speechless’ by what he saw
Cheng says, ‘Blue jays, although much smaller than the eagles, are known for being bossy. They also know that while they are no match for the eagles, they can defeat the eagle at close range’
Blue jays grow 10 to 12 inches long with a wingspan of 13 to 17 inches, according to National Geographic.
While an adult American Eagle grows 34 to 43 inches tall with a wingspan of 6 to 8 feet.
Blue Jays are known for their ‘Jay! jay!’ phone call. They are quite social creatures and are usually found in pairs, family groups or small flocks.
Bald eagles, the national bird of the United States, are also known as birds of prey. They are known for fishing, tracking and stealing the murders of other animals.
They are also said to mate for life.