The impressive birds took to the skies in a grapple over fishing rights
One Bald eagle swept in to snatch a hapless fish from another
A Malaysian photographer snapped the shots while on a visit to Seabeck in Washington
The magnificent birds of prey have a wingspan of up to 2.5 metres
PUBLISHED: 11:23, 14 June 2015 | UPDATED: 11:41, 14 June 2015
These bald eagles waged war in the skies with talons locked in a vicious mid-air grapple over fishing rights.
The action-packed shots show one of the magnificent birds of prey swooping in to snatch a hapless fish from the claws of another.
Programme manager Phoo Chan, 50, from Kelantan, Malaysia managed to snap the shots on a U.S. visit to Seabeck in Washington.
Quick grab: Although the normally target injured or dying prey, the birds are opportunistic hunters and are willing to fight for their food
The bald eagle - which has a wingspan of up to 2.5 metres - is the national animal of the United States, appearing on the nation's seal.
The bird of prey was on the brink of extinction within the United States in the late 20th century but populations have recovered in recent years.
The species was removed from the government's list of endangered species in July 1995. It was further removed from the list of threatened species in June 2007.