As the apex of their food chain, eagles have few natural predators. There have been documented cases of eagles preying on each other, raccoons murdering eaglets in the nest, ground predators finishing off injured and earth-bound birds, and humans killing eagles.
Generally, eagles’ ability to fly protects them from predators. In turn, they serve as one of the ecosystem’s apex predators, feeding on a range of smaller birds, mammals, reptiles, and fish. They are frequently observed swooping down over open bodies of water to pluck and carry away fish.