Eagles, being at the top of their food chain, have few natural predators. There have been recorded instances of eagles preying on one another, of raccoons killing eaglets in the nest, of ground predators finishing off injured and earth-bound birds, and of humans killing eagles.
Generally, the ability to fly keeps eagles out of the path of predators. They, in turn, act as one of the apex predators of their ecosystem, preying on a variety of smaller birds, mammals, reptiles and fish. Often, they can be seen swooping down over open bodies of water to pluck out and carry off fish.