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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Falling for you: Eagle mating ritual grounds two birds in Gallatin field

  • On Oct. 11 Dennis Hale and another employee of Tri-County Chemical were spraying Bernie Bayer's field just east of Equality when they noticed two eagles on the ground trapped in each other's talons.
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  • No, it’s not a freakish two-headed bald eagle that made a Halloween visit.
    On Oct. 11 Dennis Hale and another employee of Tri-County Chemical were spraying Bernie Bayer’s field just east of Equality when they noticed two eagles on the ground trapped in each other’s talons.
    A bald eagle mating ritual involves locking the talons together in the sky which sends them into free-fall. Ordinarily, they unlock their talons prior to striking the ground. Not these love birds.
    The men observed the birds for 15 to 20 minutes and took photographs before deciding to don gloves and try to help them out, but when they got close enough the birds unlocked talons and flew away, evidently uninjured.
    “I thought it was a one-in-a-lifetime capture,” Hale said.

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