This is part of my loosely-formed Coffee Break methodology. I take my coffee, my camera, and sit in my favorite spots. Sometimes things happen. Sometimes they don’t. Yesterday, this happened:

:: First sign of trouble … Caspian Tern colony in Interbay flushes over the Magnolia Bridge …

Caspian Terns in Flight Over Interbay Seattle

… signaling alerts.

Caspian Tern Calling in Flight

:: In the distance, over Seattle’s Elliott Bay, a Bald Eagle does a u-turn to pursue a juvenile gull (Glaucous-winged, I believe).

Bald Eagle Chasing Gull Over Elliott Bay

:: No one is on the eagle’s tail, which is almost unprecedented in this zone of The Crow Patrol. I’m feeling for the gull … intensely. The juvenile gull out-maneuvers the eagle on several turns, but the Bald Eagle is relentless, pursuing the young gull over the Cruise Ship terminal …

Bald Eagle Chasing Gull at Terminal 91

… banking against the Port of Seattle and a backdrop of downtown …

Bald Eagle Over Port of Seattle

… and then in hot pursuit against the corrugated walls of Port structures. The gull survives this pass, again.

Bald Eagle Chasing Glaucous-winged Gull in Seattle

:: From out of nowhere, or somewhere in my distant periphery, reinforcement arrives … passing in the no-passing zone.

Bald Eagle Pair Over Port of Seattle

:: The chase then speeds within yards of where I’m sitting with my triple-shot java (yes, I needed the triple) …

Eagle Chasing Gull at Smith Cove Seattle

… and again, the gull out-flies the eagle and catches a strong drift up over one eagle’s head.

Bald Eagle Chasing Glaucous-winged Gull in Puget Sound

:: Eagles do a wide turn and re-group — just as a bird of a different kind approaches SeaTac Airport. It is Jet City, after all.

Bald Eagle and Jet on Approach to SeaTac

:: The Bald Eagles then notice someone on their own tail.

Bald Eagle Looking Backward in Flight

And that someone is ….

Super Osprey - ©ingridtaylar

Super Osprey – ©ingridtaylar

:: The intervening male Osprey saves the day for the gull. The two eagles have all but forgotten the young bird at this point. And, between the offensive Osprey (who has two youngsters on a nearby nesting platform), and a few late-comers to the eagle patrol (gulls and crows), the eagles lose their strategic advantage and decide to move out … over Elliott Bay Marina, and buzzing around the west bend of Magnolia to their haunts in Discovery Park.

:: Until tomorrow, I’m sure.

Bald Eagle in Flight Over Magnolia Seattle

:: And for anyone who missed the tangential link to Andy Kaufman and Mighty Mouse