A Very Unusual Hunting Strategy

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This astonishing video shows a Golden Eagle, Aquila chrysaetos, who has developed an unusual hunting strategy to capture and kill prey that is much larger than itself: grabbing and throwing live goats off a cliff [7:19]

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What's your thought?

Marco Ferrari

Goat looking up while menacing music plays, switch to shot of eagle. Goat bleats. So much of this is edit-staged jeopardy, though there are some spectacular shots of this eagle in flight.

I call falconry. The cool flight shots are a breeze for a falconer.

Long ago, I saw film at a falconer's meet where a guy had trained a golden to latch onto a deer's butt till the trainer could get there and dispatch the thing. Weird.

I think the shot where the bird grabs the goat's leg and drops it off the cliff is at least possible, but that long, smooth descending glide with goat in foot and a perfect camera angle is a total con job.

My vote: as staged as a Marty Stouffer film.

The video might be real, but I think the sound was dubbed - I don't think you'd hear the goat bouncing from a hundred yards away, as in the very last sequence. Maybe with a shotgun mike.