A ride on an eagle’s back! It really will be a wonderful time. Even though we didn’t enjoy it, we can tell this crow is having a great time.
A good shooter from California named Phoo Chan saw the mischievous animal riding for free on the back of a bald eagle. But luckily, he was able to catch this once-in-a-lifetime fun moment on camera and share it with everyone.
Kevin McGowan, a crow behavior expert at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, says that it’s normal for land birds like crows to feel threatened, and when a large intruder comes along, they can become very aggressive. He also said that this kind of response could be caused by the “Napoleon complex,” which is a kind of inferiority complex that people of short stature are often thought to have.
The angry crow looked like it was getting ready for a fight, but he didn’t know what to do next after landing on the big bird without a hitch.
McGowan says that this would be like a dog chasing a car and jumping up on it. “Dogs always want to catch the car, but they don’t know what they’d do if they did.”
The bald eagle’s hesitation makes a lot of sense. McGowan says that other birds constantly bother eagles because they are the biggest birds of prey, but they don’t think it’s a big deal. They feel like they are being “followed by mosquitoes.”
But the crow doesn’t get in the way of his car!
“Crows are known to attack other birds of prey that are bigger than them when they are in their territory. “Most of the time, these “invaders” just leave on their own,” says the bird and nature shooter. “But in this frame, the crow didn’t seem to bother the bald eagle as much, and the bald eagle didn’t seem to mind that the crow was in its space.”
“What made it even funnier was that the crow hopped on the eagle’s back for a short ride as if it were going for a free scenic ride, and the eagle just let it,” he says.
So, if you liked this great chance, don’t forget to tell your friends about it!