I've become much more aware of the local animals over the last few years; what the deer are doing, which birds are around, and what they're doing, and how the animals are acting. I've been seeing a pair of eagles recently, much more than I have in the past, and finally spotted their nest on top of a cell-phone tower about a half-mile away from my farm.
So when I saw an eagle land on my property, near a fence, I knew that something was up. Eagles really don't land much, unless they're eating something. It takes quite a bit of energy to get back up into the sky, and they'd much rather side on a tree somewhere and look than actually go.
So I spent a bit of time sneaking up on this eagle while it ate something. I'd take a few steps every time it would duck down to take a bite, and then hide behind a bunch of grass until it took another bite. Doing this got me within about a hundred feet of the bird. They're pretty big.
The eagle finally decided I'd gotten close enough and flew off. Juvenile eagles have brown heads; the white head on this one means that it's an adult, probably one of the eagles from the nearby nest. I lose 5-10 birds a year to eagles, and this time I wasn't sure if it had gotten one of my birds, or a wild bird.
Turns out that it was eating a white peking duck. If you look carefully in the photo below, at the upper right corner you can see her egg. My guess is that she found a place she liked to nest and was sitting on the egg when the eagle killed her. This is a different sort of kill than a coyote -- the coyote takes the whole duck to some secluded place and eats it. Raptors tend to eat their prey in place if it's too big to lift. Basically the eagle ate the duck liver and heart and lungs. hadn't gotten to the breast yet.