Don’t Steal Mah Duck: The Battle For LBI

Stewart the Bald Eagle spent a quiet afternoon on his pole, getting harassed by just about every Raptor on the Island. Even this Great Blue Heron joined in on the fun.
Stewart the Bald Eagle spent a typically quiet afternoon on his pole, getting harassed by various birds on the Island. Even this Great Blue Heron joined in on the fun.
When it was time to nom nom, Stewart headed out to sea to see what kind of grotesque foods might be floating around LBI today...
When it was time to nom nom, Stewart headed out to sea to see what kind of grotesque foods might be floating around LBI today…
Deep at Sea he managed to find a dead duck, probably a result of the many gun shots one can hear in the quiet moments on the Bay this time of year.
Deep at Sea he managed to find a dead duck, probably a result of the many gun shots one can hear in the quiet moments on the Bay this time of year.
By the time Stewart returned with his little Duck nom nom, he was so exhausted he just plopped down on the Beach for a picnic.
By the time Stewart returned with his little Duck nom nom, he was so exhausted he just plopped down on the front Beach for a picnic.
And that's when it happened. Out of Nowhere a Great Nemesis appeared and came tearing across the dune. Stewart was a surprised as I was to see another Bald Eagle. After a brief chase, Stewart dropped his Duck nom nom.
And that’s when it happened. Out of nowhere a Great & Ugly Nemesis appeared and came tearing across the dune. Stewart was as surprised as I was to see another Bald Eagle. This element of surprise gave the Great & Ugly Nemesis a Great Advantage. After a brief chase, Stewart soon dropped his precious Duck nom nom into the Sea.
Stewart's Nemesis somehow spotted the fallen Duck in the Surf
Stewart’s Nemesis was the first to spot the dropped nom nom in the Surf
Hijak!
Hijak!
Stewart was completely exhausted at this point.
Stewart was completely exhausted at this point. He sat on the beach and reflected on all the nom nom he had stolen from others, like the Osprey and the PEFA
As the Great, and very Ugly, Nemesis stole away.
…As the Great, and very Ugly, Nemesis stole away with the precious Dead Duck nom nom
But somehow Stewart rallied and decided not to let it end like that, He gave the Great & Very Ugly Nemesis another Duck Dropping Chase.
But somehow Stewart rallied and decided not to let it all go down like that. He gave the Great & Very Ugly Nemesis another Duck Dropping Chase over the Bay.
And that's when all hell broke loose
And that’s when all hell broke loose
An epic air battle from control of LBI habitat ensued
An epic air battle from control of LBI habitat ensued…
Stewart & The Great, and Very Ugly Nemesis, locked talons and spun through the air for over 20 minutes
Stewart & The Great, and Very Ugly Nemesis, locked talons and spun through the air in a vicious battle for over 10 minutes
The melee went deep out to Sea, across the Island, and out into the Bay until finally, far in the distance, a loser fell from the Sky to a small Island below, and a Victor flew a high diving victory lap over the tiny island.
The melee went deep out to Sea, across the Island, and out into the Bay until finally, far in the distance, a loser fell from the sky to a small Island below, and a Victor flew a high diving victory lap over the tiny island.

I waited until Sunset to see who the Victor might be, hoping he would return to claim the Island. But no one ever came. No one ever came.