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Golden Eagle Attacks Cameraman

Submitted by on December 23, 2009 – 1:55 am52 Comments
Golden Eagle Attacks Cameraman

Golden Eagle Attacks Cameraman by Shamil Zhumatov

OUCH! Sometimes being a cameraman is dangerous work!

Here a Golden Eagle attacks a cameraman during an annual hunting competition in Chengelsy Gorge, Kazakhstan.

When it snows on the steppes of eastern Kazakhstan, hunters saddle up and gallop off with eagles on their arms in search of prey. Many in Kazakhstan see eagle hunting as a symbol of their nation’s nomadic past and a throwback to an oft-romanticised era before these steppes turned into a geopolitical battleground between competing regional powers Russia and China.

You can see the rest of the pictures from the Kazakhstan Eagle Hunt on Stuff.co.nz. Just to let you know, there are a few photos of the eagle capturing a rabbit.

Golden Eagle Attacks Cameraman

Golden Eagle Attacks Cameraman by Shamil Zhumatov

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  • robertahynes

    Wow! These images really illustrate just how large an Eagle is! Amazing!

  • John

    Shame it's not an Egg thief or one of the retarded people who poison.

  • http://northwestnaturalmoments.blogspot.com/ Bern

    Perfect photos. I have had several bald eagles almost scalp me when I was walking the shorelines of the Aleutian Islands and happened upon nesting eagles on sea stacks. They certainly can be very protective.

  • John

    Shame it's not an Egg thief or one of the retarded people who poison.

  • http://northwestnaturalmoments.blogspot.com/ Bern

    Perfect photos. I have had several bald eagles almost scalp me when I was walking the shorelines of the Aleutian Islands and happened upon nesting eagles on sea stacks. They certainly can be very protective.

  • dean

    That bird had its reason!

  • dave

    hahahalol

  • gfh

    i would litterally kill to see that.

  • dipak

    fantastic photo. prity photographer…………………

  • Ryds4fun

    what's even funnier is that there was another person there who decided to take photos instead of helping!! hahaha!!

  • Goldeneagle15904

    TOLD ya I didn't like pictures!

  • Gold~Eagle

    Ha! This rules! It's normal for an eagle's behaviour! Humans are always like “Can we find the reason why animals attack humans?” and I'm like “WTF?!?! Just because we walk on 2 legs, talk, wear clothes and build cities, doesn't mean that animals don't have the right to attack us!!!” GEESH!!! The eagle had his/her's reason! DUH!!

  • PmdCidH

    poor camera

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  • Tanker48

    go eagle kick that Asians ass

  • http://profiles.google.com/rcannon829 Robert Cannon

    I want one, train it to wipe out the annoying little yapper dogs around my house.

  • Hubblegraphics

    WTF….it’s okay too hunt an eagle but not have it defend itself.
    Top of the food chain, Eagles only preditor is man!

  • Anonymous

    I knew Golden Eagles were Huge, but not that HUGE, wow, looks like it’s trying to lift him off!!

  • EB-camerman

    i would have killed that beast if my own private camera got broken…

  • Cqacaa

    MY LEFT NUT WAS INJURED ON THAT ATTACK

  • Lemayrenee

    I have look for real information on these two photos for some  time. The photos do not make sense to me for these reasons:
    This man is not a falconer since he would not be so stupid to hold the leash of a Golden without a glove.
    This man is not a videographer, if he were he would be dressed for the weather. No photographer that has this type of equipment would be out in the weather without a hat, gloves and an appropriate coat. He does seem to have appropriate boots.
    If he is not a falconer or a cameraman why is he out in the elements holding the leash of a Golden?
    Who’s Golden is it? Why would a falconer relinquish his charge to this man who is obviously not responsible to have control of the eagle.
    Falconers DO NOT loan, give, or allow anyone to handle their charge!
    If you can give me any real information on these photos I would appreciate it.

  • Malawiwaui

    Yeah and you would be in jail! IDIOT

  • 2livefree

     They do that here on the east edge of Tucson.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dean-Hammond/631362094 Dean Hammond

    So cool!  We were at the dump this morning looking for bears;  didn`t see any, but….a golden eagle flew directly over our car about 20 metres up!   He was being chased or followed by 2 crows.  Every bird in the joint was fully aware where that eagle was.  It was awesome to be so close, for real.   This was Northern Ontario near the shores of Lake Superior.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ryan-Blanchard/100002005687941 Ryan Blanchard

    Why on earth would anyone underestimate a bird this size? With talons like that the guy is lucky to still have his eyes.
    By the way the rest of the pictures on the site are great. So the tribesmen use them like hunting pets? This seems more effective than a gun. The bird has fun, gets food, and so does the tribesmen. It is a win win lose. The loss is the rabbits.

  • Shaekindelwood

    It was a hunt. It’s likely that the eagle was released to hunt, mistook the man for prey and… thought he looked tasty I suppose. 

  • Lemayrenee

     Then why is he holding the eagles lead? – If you were actually being attacked by a Golden Eagle would you keep holding the lead that is keeping it attached to you?

  • Lemayrenee

     Then why is the man being attacked holding so tight to the leash that is keeping the Eagles so close to him?

  • Lemayrenee

     I think the whole thing is staged for the reasons I originally wrote (above). How can a photographer be accidentally attacked by an eagle while he is holding the leash of that Eagle. In my opinion this is a staged photograph.

  • Lemayrenee

     The Eagle has little choice, you can see the man supposedly being attacked is tightly holding the Eagle’s leash. So the Eagle has little choice, no place to land (no glove) and some idiot holding him on a short leash. My opinion is is is a staged photograph.

  • Lemayrenee

     Don’t be fooled. I think this is staged or fake photo. The photo(s) do not make sense to me for these reasons:
    This man is not a falconer since he would not be so stupid to hold the leash of a Golden without a glove.
    This
    man is not a videographer, if he were he would be dressed for the
    weather. No photographer that has this type of equipment would be out in
    the weather without a hat, gloves and an appropriate coat. He does seem
    to have appropriate boots.
    If he is not a falconer or a cameraman why is he out in the elements holding the leash of a Golden?
    Who’s
    Golden is it? Why would a falconer relinquish his charge to this man
    who is obviously not responsible to have control of the eagle.
    Falconers DO NOT loan, give, or allow anyone to handle their charge!
    He is not an innocent victim of an Eagle attack, he is controlling the Eagle by holding tight to the Eagle leash! Look at his right hand! Don’t believe every photo you see.

  • Lemayrenee

     Look closer, this man is tightly holding the leash of the Eagle. Look at his right hand. This photo is a sham!

  • Lemayrenee

     Look again, this is a fake. Look at  his right hand, he is tightly holding the leash of this Eagle. This bird has no glove to properly land on and it can NOT get away from this idiot. Don’t be fooled this photo is a staged fake!

  • Lafemmejakita

    Lemayrenee – I thought the same thing originally when I saw this photo.  I snoped the headline but to no avail.  I work with raptors, and having been attacked multiple times, the only thing that would make sense to me is, upon being attacked, the man frantically reached for his back (where he was being taloned) to try and grab whatever was on him to try and get it off and instead grabbed the jesses or leash.  This whole incident probably lasted a few seconds before he fell  to the ground.  

  • Lemayrenee

     I still think it was a setup. I agree it was quick/brief encounter BUT there is no way he could have been accidentally attacked and reached back and accidentally grabbed the leash. I too work with captive BOP and it does not seem real to me. I have asked several times for more information and NONE is available therefore I still think it was staged for some reason?? Is it just a quiescence that a second photographer just happen to be filming this photographer while this Golden just happened to attack him and he accidentally reached back and gasped the leash? Not likely!

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  • Inkcyclone

    I would have shot this fucking creature, and as far as being in jail its my mife or his and im not dieing.

  • Black Cap

    You idiot, keep your mouth shut! its just for fun. Then why are you taking it so serious?

  • Lemayrenee

    I am a falconer. If you read what I wrote, I said it was staged for the reasons I have written above. I want anyone who sees this to know this is NOT a falconer handling this eagle. No falconer would purposely break the trust bond we have with our hunting companions. Trash photos like this make the real falconers and their birds look bad. I feel sorry for this eagle since it has been set up to be confused as to why any human would put it in this situation. The eagle has learned a trust bond to land on the glove. There is no glove for him to land on which is stressful for the bird. I will accept YOUR ignorance in the lack of knowledge of true falconry.

  • fatom the power

    You are a idiot, so you think its fake ok think what you want, now shut up and go eat a decroded piece of crap.

  • Hurun163

    lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cia-Devereaux/100000708344894 Cia Devereaux

    Lemayrenee –

    Will you just SHUT UP???

    JESUS!!

  • Lemayrenee

     Nice, really nice. You power of vocabulary is exceptional, especially when you use non words.

  • Truth!

    Theres no faking that, Lemayrenee. Enjoy your decroded piece of crap.

  • 132

    lem: as a former videographer, and can tell you that even in cold weather you needs your fingers to operate the camera features/buttons/touchscreen.  He looks to have a few layers under the jacket, and it’s possible a vehicle is close by – i.e. warm refuge in between shots.  Plus, that camera that just hit the ground looks expensive, so I doubt he would be even near that equipment had he not been using it.  So he’s probably the cameraman.

    I wouldn’t say this is fake, but there IS a set-up here.  He appears to be almost LAUGHING in the first pic – I don’t know about you, but I think I’d have a look of freakin’ terror on my face had I not seen that coming.  IMO, it looks like the handlers coaxed him into a prank by telling him to hold the leash!  I bet he knew it was coming & took it on the chin like Steve-O lol! Knoxville would’ve been proud haha

  • 132

    oops c my post at the top

  • Anonymous

    I have been attacked by an eagle.  It scared the holly crap out of me.  It felt like it was coming from every where around my head, neck and shoulders.  I Googled it to see if it was a rare occurrence.  That’s how I found this article.

  • Anonymous

     Ah, I guess these are trained to attack. The one I was dealing with was at a wildlife animal rehab center.

  • Lemayrenee

     Any animal will attack to protect its territory. In the wild their territory is very large and it is not too often man is up at the tree tops or on the top of a cliff or bluff were the Eagle claims the area as their territory. Even in the wild the Eagle will still give man a wide margin of safety and let them pass. In captivity, it is a different thing. A contained Eagle will defend its territory to the point of doing you damage to you, if it feels threatened and that can depend on many factors, how hungry it is, what time of year it is, if it knows you, if it is sick or injured and so on. I am telling you this Eagle is NOT attacking this man. This silly man, set the eagle on the camera and tripod, the Eagle was too heavy, it knocked it over, the man IS HOLDING THE EAGLES LEASH so the Eagle CAN NOT get away. There is no falconers glove for the Eagle to land on as it is trained, so it has no choice but to land on the man as he did when the second photographer snapped these two photos. But do note he never lets go of the leash. The Eagle has every right to land on this man as he did and the man deserved it. And no Eagles are not trained to attack man. Man, Eagle and Dog are trained to hunt prey such as fox, deer, jackrabbits and so on, not man EXCEPT when man does silly foolish things.

  • Lemayrenee

     Where were you when the Eagle attacked you or what were you doing?

  • Anonymous

     It was an injured eagle, in a large caged environment.  I was a volunteer there and was asked to help feed the 2 eagles we had.  I had to carry a couple of full size rats into the cage. I was instructed not to stare directly at the eagle or say anything.  Anyway, after I put the rats down and tried to leave this big eagle started attacking me and not the lady.  It wouldn’t stop.