Some people have asked why a small bird will dive and harass the eagle when it is so large and powerful a raptor? Good question and one that really can’t be answered by many people well to do in the world of the eagle. This sequence of photos I am going to post show a blue jay diving continuously at a female eagle in her nest and protecting her youngster from the jay. The only reason I can come up with for this action is the jay has a nest close or somewhere in the eagle’s nest. I photographed this happening back on June 7, 2005 when we went to band the youngster but could not climb the tree due to bees, many, many bees in the dead pine trunk. The tree has fallen since then and the pair has a new nest close by which I will get to visit soon. I photographed these from a distance of about 350 to 400 feet with a D70 and a Sigma 800MM. Lou 1 Mom is catching the movement of the jay not in the picture yet.