VIDEO: Bald eagles battle over territory at start of nesting season

(WFLA) – Two bald eagles got into a wrestling match on the ground when they fell from the sky. Two officers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission captured the fight on video.

FWC posted the clip on their Facebook page. According to the post, Officers Toby and Nasworth found the two birds with their talons locked together and initially thought they were dead.

But soon the eagles raised their heads and opened their beaks when they walked closer. The ‘standoff’ lasted about two to three hours. And neither bird was willing to let go, officers said.

At one point the birds tried to escape while still entangled together, but that didn’t work very well for them. Finally, they both released the hold and flew away. Officers said they were just about to put a jacket over the birds’ heads to break up the quarrel.

According to FWC, bald eagles are very territorial. October 1 marks the start of their nesting season in Florida and they will aggressively defend their nests from intruders. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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