Midair battle between fox and eagle over rabbit caught on video

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

Video above used with permission from Photographer Zachary Hartje

SAN JUAN ISLAND, Wash. – Nature can be incredible – and the Pacific Northwest certainly doesn't disappoint.

Photographer Kevin Ebi with caught a rare moment last weekend at Washington state's San Juan Island National Historical Park:

"Here is something you don't see every day: a bald eagle and a young fox fighting over a rabbit — more than 20 feet in the air!"

Ebi said he was photographing a group of fox kits as they hunted rabbits. He noticed one of the red foxes grab a rabbit and carry it across the meadow.

Used with permission from Kevin Ebi at

"Then behind me, I heard the cry of a bald eagle," he wrote in a blog entry. "I turned around and saw it approaching fast. I knew it wanted the rabbit. I intently trained my camera on the fox bracing for a split second of action."

Used with permission from Kevin Ebi at

The images Ebi captured tell the story best:

Used with permission from Kevin Ebi at

Used with permission from Kevin Ebi at

Used with permission from Kevin Ebi at

Eventually, the eagle wrestles away the rabbit from the fox and flies away.

The fox kit appeared to be unharmed, Ebi said, but had to start the search for dinner all over again.

Used with permission from Kevin Ebi at

See more images from Kevin Ebi at here.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.