Golden Eagle vs Raven

Alex Lamoreaux|

While driving up a canyon road into National Forest land a few days ago, where I was going to be doing a Flammulated Owl survey that night, I spotted an adult Golden Eagle flying along the cliffs walls to my right. I quickly jumped out of the car to start taking photos, meanwhile a group of Common Ravens had also spotted the eagle and were hot on its trail. The following series of photos shows one of the more daring ravens going after the Golden Eagle.

The Golden Eagle flying along the canyon walls. (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

The Golden Eagle noticing the raven. (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

The ravens first swipe at the Golden's back. (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

The Golden Eagle turning towards the cliff and searching for a safe place to land, away from the ravens. (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Just as the eagle was about to land behind some sage, another raven dives at his back. (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

The eagle decides to just keep flying, farther and farther away, but keeping an eye over its shoulder for another raven attack. This allowed me a great look at the eagle's beautiful golden nape. (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

About the Author

Alex Lamoreaux


Alex Lamoreaux has been an avid birder and naturalist since he was a youngster, growing up exploring the farmland and Appalachian ridges near Hershey, Pennsylvania. He attended Penn State University, studying wildlife biology. Alex has traveled extensively throughout North America, Central America, and South Africa and is a freelance nature tour guide, field biologist, and wildlife photographer. Alex has worked on wildlife research projects ranging from Whimbrel migration along the coast of Virginia to Yellow-billed Cuckoo nesting in the desert southwest. He has been the migration counter at the Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory for the past two fall seasons, documenting the massive visible migration of raptors and songbirds along Lake Superior. Alex loves to share his knowledge of nature, and strives to bring the birding community together to share in the fun that studying birds and wildlife has to offer. He has helped to organize and coordinate birding events in his home state of Pennsylvania and beyond. Contact Info Alex Lamoreaux aslamoreaux@gmail.com (717) 943-7086

  •  Great series of photos!  I particularly liked the 2nd photo with the G-Eagle’s head turned back and the raven bill open.  Very cool!

  •  Pretty awesome sightings Alex.

  •  Wow! What a cool post. Just seeing a Golden Eagle would have been great, but seeing the encounter with the raven is doubly so! 

  •  Awesome series Alex!  That second shot of the eagle looking back is truly amazing!

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  • poor eagle. It can´t be nice with all those ravens. Gret shots.  

  • lew

    awesome shots, man!