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Video: Bald eagle swoops on cyclist in US

Incident happened on Camano Island in Washington State

Here on, we’ve reported on videos showing cyclists being dive-bombed by magpies in Australia, attacked by a swarm of bees in Spain, and numerous encounters with kangaroos, some scary, others spooky

Here’s a new one though – a cyclist who was swooped upon by a bald eagle while riding on Camano Island in Washington State in the north western US.

The cyclist who captured the footage on his Cycliq Fly6 camera said: "I hear my wife cry out behind me, then see a large dark bird flying off the left. Reviewing the Fly6 video when we returned home, we realised she had been dive-bombed by a juvenile bald eagle, talons extended across the top of her helmet.”

He added: “It is especially impressive when the video is paused when the bird is over her head!"

It is indeed an impressive sight ... but not particularly one you would want to encounter when out on a ride.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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