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Stunning images show a particularly protective blue jay slapping a mighty bald eagle on its beak

Don’t you get too close to my nest! Stunning images show a protective blue jay taking on a mighty bald eagle using its wing to SLAP the bird’s beak

  • Amateur photographer in Arlington, Massachusetts captured the moment a blue jay took on a bald eagle who got too close to its nest
  • A group of blue jays gathered and started bombing the eagle as it perched on a pine tree 
  • The eagle yelled at the blue jays, signaling them to back off, when one swooped in – wings outstretched – and struck it on the beak 
  • The photographer says the encounter left him speechless

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This is the moment when a Blue Jay took on a mighty bald eagle – for getting too close to its nest. 

Stunning pictures from Arlington, Massachusetts show how the bald eagle was slapped across the beak after getting too close to a protective blue jay’s nest.

The eagle was perched on a pine tree when the blue jay swooped in and struck the bird of prey with its outstretched wing.

Amateur photographer Guilong Charles Cheng, 43, who captured the shocking interaction on camera, said the adult eagle yelled back in surprise.

‘I was speechless but kept shooting,’ he said.

Amateur photographer Guilong Charles Cheng captured the moment when a bald eagle was slapped across the beak in Arlington, Massachusetts

The eagle was perched on a pine tree when the blue jay swooped in and struck the bird of prey with its outstretched wing

The eagle was perched on a pine tree when the blue jay swooped in and struck the bird of prey with its outstretched wing

The photographer says a group of blue jays ‘gathered and started bombing’ the eagle as it sat in the tree.

The eagle yelled at the blue jays, signaling them to back off, when one flew close and flapped at the bird.

‘Blue jays are bossy, and think they own all the trees around them. The eagle desperately yelled at the blue jays, but there was not really much she could do,’ Cheng explained. 

‘The blue jays, though much smaller than the eagles, are notorious for being bossy. They also know that although they are no match for the eagles, they can out-maneuver the eagle in close quarters.’   

The photographer says a group of blue jays 'gathered and started bombing' the eagle as it sat in the tree.

The photographer says a group of blue jays ‘gathered and started bombing’ the eagle as it sat in the tree, allegedly too close to the blue jay’s nest

The eagle yelled at the blue jays, signaling them to back off, when one flew close and flapped at the bird

The eagle yelled at the blue jays, signaling them to back off, when one flew close and flapped at the bird

The blue jay flies above the bald eagle before swooping in

 The blue jay flies above the bald eagle before swooping in

A blue jay is seen striking a bald eagle across the beak with its wing

A blue jay is seen striking a bald eagle across the beak with its wing

Photographer Guilong Charles Cheng said he was 'speechless' by what he saw

Photographer Guilong Charles Cheng said he was ‘speechless’ by what he saw

Cheng says: 'Blue jays, though much smaller than the eagles, are notorious for being bossy. They also know that although they are no match for the eagles, they can out-maneuver the eagle in close quarters'

Cheng says: ‘Blue jays, though much smaller than the eagles, are notorious for being bossy. They also know that although they are no match for the eagles, they can out-maneuver the eagle in close quarters’

Blue jays grow to be 10 to 12 inches long with a wingspan of 13 to 17 inches, according to National Geographic.

Whereas an adult bald eagle grows to be 34 to 43 inches long with a wingspan of 6 to 8 feet. 

Blue jays are known for their ‘Jay! Jay!’ call. They are fairly social creatures and are typically found in pairs, family groups or small flocks. 

Bald eagles, which are the national bird of the United States, is also known as birds of prey. They are known to fish, scavenge and steal the kills of other animals.

They are also said to mate for life.

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