Michelle Reed

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Fri, 3 Jul, 2015

Crow rides the back of an eagle in these bizarre photos

Crow rides the back of an eagle in these bizarre photos

In possibly the most American display ever captured on film, a brave crow road the back of an eagle, presumably a conscious decision in an effort to celebrate Independence Day in America.

Bird photographer Phoo Chan had the good fortune to be able to capture this bizarrely iconic moment. The National Geographic photographer had this to say on the stunning snaps:

“Crows are known for aggressively harassing other raptors that are much bigger in size when spotted in their territories and usually these ‘intruders’ simply retreat without much fuss. However, in this frame the crow did not seem to harass the bald eagle at such close proximity and neither did the bald eagle seem to mind the crow’s presence invading its personal space. What made it even more bizarre was that the crow even made a brief stop on the back of the eagle as if it was taking a free scenic ride and the eagle simply obliged.”

So while it’s most likely that the crow was defending its young from a fierce predator, we would prefer to think it was a touching patriotic moment between feathered friends.

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